Toronto Canada, August 18th, 2023 – In a recent episode of the Localization Fireside Chat podcast, language experts Carrie Fisher and Robin Ayoub discussed the significance of learning languages at a young age and the profound effects it can have on individuals, society, and the world.
The conversation delved into the benefits of early language learning, including improved cognitive function, enhanced job opportunities, increased cultural understanding, and the development of empathy. The experts highlighted the importance of introducing language learning at an early stage, as young children have a natural ability to absorb and learn new languages.
According to scientific studies, learning another language at a young age can lead to increased brain elasticity, which slows cognitive decline later in life. This finding underscores the importance of language learning to maintain mental agility and overall brain health.
Carrie Fisher, a renowned language professional and Globalization Service Manager for Subway and the current president of Women in Localization, shared her personal experience with language learning and emphasized the need for language education in schools. She expressed concern over the decreasing emphasis on foreign language requirements in American education systems and called for a renewed focus on language learning to prepare future generations for a globalized world.
Robin, the founder of the Localization Fireside Chat podcast www.L10NFiresidechat.com, highlighted the career opportunities that arise from being multilingual. He emphasized that individuals who speak multiple languages are highly sought after by employers, as they possess valuable skills for global communication and cultural understanding.
The experts also discussed the importance of community outreach and collaboration to promote language learning beyond the localization industry. They encouraged individuals to engage with organizations such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its non-profit arm, the Language Connects Foundation, to advocate for language education in schools and communities.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is becoming a vital skill. Learning another language not only opens doors to new cultures and experiences but also fosters empathy and understanding among diverse communities.
The Localization Fireside Chat podcast aims to shed light on the localization industry and its broader impact on society. Through engaging conversations and thought-provoking discussions, the podcast seeks to inspire individuals and organizations to embrace language learning and promote cross-cultural understanding.
For more information about the Localization Fireside Chat podcast and to listen to the full episode on learning languages at a young age, please visit https://youtu.be/KdivSpx6Fx0
About Carrie Fischer:
Carrie Fischer is the Globalization Services Manager at Subway, headquartered in Milford, CT. She is responsible for all globalization-related strategies for the company. She has over 28 years of localization experience and has held previous localization positions at Bodybuilding.com, Hyperion/Oracle, and Transparent Language. She is a volunteer at Women in Localization, the co-chair of the Women in Leadership ERG and a mentor. Her passions include helping others and continually learning in order to grow personally and professionally.
About Robin Ayoub:
Robin Ayoub is a respected figure in the localization industry with years of experience and expertise. Through Fireside Chats and other initiatives, Robin aims to foster knowledge sharing and collaboration within the industry, driving its growth and innovation.