When I grew up, we all learnt English as our second language.
We also had a third language and we got to choose between German and French.
Personally, I took German lessons for no obvious reason at the time, but years later I ended up living in Munich, Germany, where I sure made good use of my stellar beer-ordering-skills.
I do however looove Paris, but I’m not sure that I would be getting any better service if I spoke French.
That was then. Today is now.
I know Spanish is becoming increasingly important in Swedish schools, which sounds reasonable. It’s relatively easy to learn for native Germanic speakers — and it’s a huge language.
But we can do better still.
One To Rule Them All
Remember Esperanto? An experimental “universal language” project with a complete syntax, that no-one speaks. It’s like taking a stab at the curse of Babel.
Or, maybe we could also learn made-up languages, like Sindarin (Lord of the Rings) or Dothraki (Game of Thrones)?
Those languages are of course pretty cool (if you’re into the nerdy stuff), but we could also get serious about a unifying language.
We could all just learn code. And all schools should teach kids how to code.
Code Is Poetry
And this, this is it. I couldn’t be more convinced:
Code is the universal global language that allows you to convey your ideas across borders.
It allows you to build whole universes.
It allows you to make your voice heard, digital first.
And as much as I hate to admit it, it beats being able to order ein Helles in Munich like a German.
If I’m lucky enough to get some kids of my own one day, there’s two things I’ll tell them to get a leg up in life:
1. Learn how to code.
2. Learn how to start a business.
Now, go check out code.org today!