Will You Open a Door in the Corridor of Life?

According to Frank Smith, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”


It is estimated that 40 per cent of the world’s population are monolinguals while 43 per cent are bilinguals; as for the rest, well they speak more than two languages fluently. So, this basically means that more than half of the world’s population can speak more than one language fluently. 

How many doors have you opened since you started in the corridor? Are you monolingual, bilingual, trilingual, multilingual, or polyglot?

Today, being multilingual is considered valuable for many reasons. Multilingualism leads to the creation of global relationships, global awareness, and global thinking. This comes as no surprise because language is the most important way for humans to communicate with one another. Even in our daily lives, we constantly communicate with each other whether it be at work, at home, abroad or in a social setting.

We use language to convey our emotions, share our opinions, but most importantly to bridge the gap and connect us with the people in the world. I want to share with you a few of the reasons why people often choose to learn a second language.

  1. They want to maintain family ties to heritage and maintain a cultural connection; especially for children living in a country where the official language is not of their parents.
  2. They want to simplify communication when travelling abroad for business or pleasure.
  3. They may want to prepare themselves for the new demands of globalization and career prospects. 

Now while all of these reasons are understandable, we must acknowledge that learning a language can be pretty challenging and often ends as a frustrating experience.

For some of us, we experienced this during our high school days and that’s where we left it.   For others, they might have tried learning after becoming an adult but were met with despair because of the challenges.

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But remember, learning a new language is an investment for your future, no matter your age. While speaking one language is a fundamental human need, speaking more than one language opens the door to global awareness. Speaking a second language does not just give us more communication skills but also a way of understanding different perspectives and the way different cultures see the world!

Thank you for reading and remember Frank Smith stated, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” I hope you will choose to open some doors in the corridor of life and explore the world around you.

Until next time, learnwithscience.


Cenoz, J. (2013). Defining Multilingualism. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 33, 3 -18.