What would you do if you had a 10 hour layover in Munich, Germany? Would you go the hotel and rest after not sleeping much on your 8 ½ hour flight? Or stay in the safe confines of Munich airport and explore there? Or would you throw your bags in the hotel room and take a 40 minute train ride into city and experience German culture? If you know me, you then you already know what I chose.
Ten of us decided to take the train. It was a great experience in local food and culture. Eating wiener schnitzel while watching futball (soccer) was fantastic. I also loved walking around hearing the German language. I was also able to speak a little Turkish with a Turk on the train (Fun fact: Germany has the largest population of Turks outside of Turkey). Hearing all the languages reminds me of the need to learn a second (and third) language. Research clearly shows learning a second language greatly enhances job opportunities and salary amount. It also helps your math skills. What’s stopping you from improving your job prospects by learning another language? Tell me by clicking on this link.
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Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.