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4 Advantages of being Multilingual in Malaysia



  April 28, 2021

Principally thanks to our multicultural environment, we are all multi- or at least bilingual.


As Malaysians having gone through the local education system, most of us have been equipped with the capabilities to converse in more than one language, i.e. Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Bahasa Iban, and so on.


In this article, we explore some advantages we have reaped from being multilingual.


  1. Networking


Needless to say, being fluent in more than one language has proven to be extremely useful across more than one instance. 


In the corporate world, proficiency in a certain language that fits potential clients or buyers’ preferred language moves you to up their circles of trust and enables you to establish a network. Being fluent in more than one language also guarantees a higher chance of success in terms of getting your message across to the other party.


On a social level, being multilingual tends to attract more people to you mainly because it is deemed an advantage. Most people find that they can learn something new from you which makes the interaction more engaging and educational. Plus it is always good to learn about bits and pieces of another language user’s culture through these small conversations or interactions.


  1. Improved decision making


Research has demonstrated that multilingual individuals tend to make better financial decisions as compared with monolingual individuals.


Multilingual individuals can make a sound judgment on what is noise and what is valid information. They possess the ability to focus on information from a variety of perceivers, i.e. languages. 


Following a rough course of internal conflict between comparing and competing data, seeking assistance (as needed) about an issue, a sound decision will hence be presented as the final product.


  1. A Healthier Brain!


Once again, numerous past research has shown that being multilingual allows your brain to be upgraded a few notches ahead of your peers.

A multilingual brain makes the speaker nimbler, quicker, and more adaptive when dealing with ambiguities. Evidence also pointed towards showing that being multilingual prevents brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Apart from that, older multilingual individuals tend to possess improved memory and enhanced brain function as compared to similar-aged monolinguals. 


  1. Employability


Combining all that has been mentioned, being a multilingual individual makes you a potential asset in a company. Not only are you able to connect and network more efficiently, learn new skills and concepts more rapidly, and manage conflict more effectively, your multilingual capabilities allow you to talk to a variety of people without breaking a sweat.


Not to mention the fact that in globalized industries, many companies now deal with international clients from abroad. Having the ability to converse in a variety of languages definitely would put you way ahead of your peers who are monolingual- which explains why multilingual individuals are highly valued and in demand.


Luckily for us Malaysians, most of us are gifted with the opportunity to learn multiple languages since our primary school days. So make the right decision to learn a new language if you haven’t already and enjoy the richness of using it daily interacting with people around you. Create meaningful interactions and make new friends!


Don’t forget that Zom-In is a job-seeking platform for you as well. Recognize the benefits of being multilingual and seek opportunities with us now!


With so many languages and also dialects that we can all come to appreciate and respect, it sure is amazing living in a multicultural country.


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