Want to learn a new language? Ask yourself why.

We’ve heard it often. Maybe from our own mouths or maybe from our friends, family or colleagues. “I wish I spoke another language.” As Americans, we grew up in a school system that did not naturally lend itself well to bilingual education. Yes, there are a few exceptions. Bilingual programs and curriculums are available in public and private schools for early education and some parents choose to place their children in these programs. But these were just that, the exception not the rule. They were choices made by parents as an addition to education rather than the rule as we see in many other cultures globally.

With that in mind, how do we begin our journey towards becoming bilingual or even multilingual? As a fortunate student whose parents did in fact choose to place me in a bilingual public school program at a young age, I now often hear from my network this exact