What Is The Future of Language Learning? | OptiLingo

Do the people need language skills at all in the future?

Should I teach English, German, or Finnish to my daughters? Or none of them? They are native Spanish speakers as we live in South America. Do the children of the future need to learn languages? It is not a joke I have made for quite a long time these questions.

Finnish is my mother language, and as you probably know there are only 6-7 million people who speak or at least understand our language.  As Finland is official a bilingual country with Finnish and Swedish, we learn in very early age languages. In my case from 8 years old, I started to learn Swedish, 10 German, and 12 English. Spanish I learned later living in Ecuador South America. Why then to make the question about the future of language learning?

In my work in digital business and the international travel industry, I have seen which huge steps most of all the technological development, AI, machine learning, and the internet of things have made in the last years. It looks they can substitute the language skills of one, they could allow simultaneous interpretation, and make language learning unnecessary. 

So, what will happen with language learning in the future? Do we need language skills by traveling or learning other cultures?

In my research on the internet I found the most interesting article of OptiLingo:

“The expansion of globalization will play a major role. As more countries share their cultures and travel continues to become popular, more people might realize the true value of learning a new language.”

“Will we ever reach a point where there is just one language. The short answer is, no.”

The researchers of OptiLingo write in their article how the technology will impact language learning, and how the answers to the question may shock us.

“Will Foreign Language Learning Become Obsolete?

Technology continues to disrupt business while enhancing our lives. We can order food, pay bills, and find directions all from our cell phones. And now, we can point our phone cameras at objects, watching as an app identifies a plant or instantly translates writing. So, it’s natural to ask how all this will affect the future of language-learning. 

How will technology impact language learning?

Will people even both learning a language in the future? Or, will language-learning go the way of the wagon wheel and eventually become obsolete? The answers to these questions may shock you.

The Role of Technology in the Future of Language-Learning

It shouldn’t be surprising that businesses will continue to leverage technology in language learning. Between AI, the Internet of Things, the Cloud, and Automation, every day, there seem to be new developments in what applications can do. And many of these advancements have made their way into the language learning sphere.“ Source: OptiLingo

Interested? Read the full OptiLingo article here:

OptiLingo What Is The Future of Language Learning?


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