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While it’s never been easier to learn a new language, fewer people bother to do so. It makes sense. If you speak English, you get along everywhere. It’s the language of business, of finance, of the internet, of music, of international politics. Wherever you travel in the world, people will likely speak English. So why learn new languages if you can communicate in one everywhere you go?
Here are my top 5 reasons why you should learn a foreign language!
1. You Enjoy Your Next Holiday Way More
Travelling through another country becomes SO MUCH easier if you know at least a bit about the local language. Understanding road signs, menus, timetables, or simply being able to ask someone for directions or information will make your experience way better. Also it’s a great way to meet and communicate with locals. From my experience, I can tell that locals are more often than not happy to talk with you and genuinely appreciate your interest in learning their language and getting to know their culture (plus you might get some insider tips about secret places to visit that no one else knows 😉 )
2. You Deepen Your Understanding of Other Cultures
It’s no secret that language carries culture. If you truly want to understand another culture, you have to know its language. The way we see the world is largely influenced by the language we speak. So when you start learning a new language, your view on things will inevitably change. And to be able to see the world from different angles ultimately allows you to understand it better.
3. You Enhance Your Career Opportunities
As our world becomes more and more globalized, it’s a great benefit to speak at least one other language. As companies are increasingly breaking into new markets, they’ll look after employees who can communicate with customers within multiple communities. Also, the fact that you’ve invested time and effort in learning a new language demonstrates your motivation to pick up new skills and broaden your horizons. It shows that you’re a smart, disciplined and ambitious person.
4. You Become Better at Your First Language
Learning a language makes you focus on the structures of language. You become more aware of how language works and how you can use it effectively. This increased awareness of linguistics and grammar makes you improve in your first language, too. You overall become a better communicator, writer and listener.
5. It’s Fun!
Learning a new language is fun for a variety of reasons. One of my favourite aspects is to see how words translate into different languages or to find words that only exist in other languages (there are quite a lot!). Consider, for example, how different languages have different words for someone who reads a lot (I think French wins 😀 )
Learning a language can literally open new doors for you. It could lead to new friends, new places, or new careers. It’s up to you to step through these doors an explore whole new worlds!
What languages do you speak or would you like to speak? Let me know in the comment section below!