it must feel great to be able to speak many languages
Yea I know I'm not the one this is said too, and I don't speak thát many languages as Malferatu, but I can tell you: it definitely does!
Languages broaden you view of everything so much. Firstly it's like a key to foreign cultures. Even when foreign people talk English and tell you everything about their culture, there's still a lot you don't know. It's hidden in the language, I guess, and I know it sounds vague, but I can't explain it better. And of course, knowing a foreign language makes you be able to read books, see movies and hear music in that language too, and I think these are things that tell a lot about cultures as well. Of course some books are translated, but in translations there is always something missing as I said before, and not all books are translated.
Secondly: you have só much more choice of everything! For example with books, music and movies as I mentioned. When you know foreign languages, you are not dependent on translators anymore, which means you can view/read/hear a lot hidden works, which in my opinion are mostly better than the translated (which are usually the more known, the popular works) ones! And with music of course, you can listen to a Finnish singing band when you don't understand Finnish, because music is a language itself, but still I think that understanding the language in which they're singing makes the music even nicer!
And and and, for example you can visit music sites in a foreign language, and that way you can see what's going on in that country. That's actually how I discovered Poets of the Fall, so that means, that if I hadn't known Finnish, I probably wouldn't have known Poets of the Fall!
and this way I discovered a lot of other foreign bands too.
And finally: languages allow you to be critical. What I always do, is when I find an article in Wikipedia, I first read it in Dutch, my native language. Bút when it's something important, I check as well the German and English (or other) equivalents, to see what these countries have to tell about it. As well for studies it's very useful to know languages, since you have many scientifical resources to choose from then. I really take advantage of that
Wow what a long post, sorry
but I just wanted to say this, haha I love languages.
And oh yes, I'm the topic starter btw, but I changed my username for some reason, so I've already told which languages I speak