I feel lucky to have grown up bilingual. I have my mother to thank, who insisted I learn a foreign language. I also attribute my passion for travel to my maternal grandfather. He was a top executive at Braniff International Airlines in Argentina and we were fortunate enough to travel for free when we were kids, thanks to him. I also look up to my grandmother. She was a world explorer and wanderer herself; she took my brother and me everywhere on her trips.
What my mother didn't know – and maybe regretted later – was that by insisting on a bilingual education, she was encouraging her daughter to leave her home country.
And that's exactly what I did. With mastery of the English language, which I learned early in preschool in Argentina, and being a native Spanish speaker, I left home as soon as I became of age. Driving by the domestic Buenos Aires airport ("Aeroparque") as a kid meant freedom. It was a gateway for exotic adventures across distant lands. I always knew I'd be a perfect adventure-goer, as I possessed a critical skill: bilingualism
Here's why I think every kid would benefit from growing up bilingual:
Bilingualism opens many doors: from job prospects, to friendships and relationships. Being bilingual will offer you twice as many options and possibilities. You'll never be bored! Life will be more colorful, interesting and full.
Written By: Consuelo Lyonnet