William Pino founded Municipal Lighting Systems, Inc., in Miami in 1995 and worked as the company’s president and CEO until 2016. His effort and dedication to the Miami-based company has led it to become the number one supplier of outdoor lighting products in multiple South Florida municipalities, with sales exceeding $20 million a year. Aside from his professional life, William Pino is a polyglot, someone who knows multiple languages, with fluency or conversational-level mastery of English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Greek.
Aside from enriching your travel experience, learning multiple languages offers numerous other advantages. Three indirect advantages of multilingualism include:
1. Better Cognitive Function – According to Northwestern University’s Global Languages Initiative, simply knowing multiple languages in enough to boost your cognitive abilities. Things like problem-solving, memory, and creativity all benefit from learning a new language.
2. Enhanced Employment Opportunities – According to the US Department of Labor, 25,000 new translation and interpretation jobs will have been created between 2010 and 2020. This 42 percent growth rate in the field highlights how in-demand multilingualism is in the job market.
3. Improved Decision-Making Abilities – According to a 2013 study, multilingual people are better able to resist framing techniques and mental conditioning, which are tactics often used by advertisers and politicians.