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French is the first or second language in more than 40 countries,spoken by over 320 million people around the globe. More than 40 million people living in the United States speak Spanish. It is the official language of 22 countries and an official language of the European Union and United Nations. Knowing another language will let you exchange ideas with those people, leading to increased understanding among cultures. Studying other languages helps you to develop better critical thinking skills and improves your understanding of your own language. Being bilingual will facilitate seeing the world through more than one lens; a skill that can help you to expand your cultural horizons, professional skills and abilities. Being bilingual will make you more marketable and give you more career choices.