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People that always succeed are those that are keen to learn something new every day
One of the most practical ways to make use of your spare time nowadays is to start learning a new skill. For many of us, the desire to speak a foreign language is overshadowed by the idea that it’s a long journey or that there’s no
practical reason to learn. However, research has shown that being bilingual has many advantages in today’s connected world.
Whether you want to give yourself a competitive advantage at work, build closer connections with people, or learn more about the world around you, speaking multiple languages has the potential to break the communication barriers and allow us to understand each other on a more personal level.
In this post, we shall take a look at the benefits of being bilingual or simply put, why you should consider to learn a second language. Let’s go!
It improves your memory
The more you use your brain to learn new skills, the more your brain’s functions work. Learning a new language pushes your brain to get familiar with new grammar and vocabulary rules. It allows you to train your memory to remember new words, make connections between them, and use them in contextual situations.
Enhances your ability to multitask
Time management and multitasking are two skills that will always help you. Multilingual people can switch between languages. Their ability to think in different languages and be able to communicate in more than one language helps with multitasking.
Improves your performance in other academic areas
Fully immersing yourself in a language learning environment means not only learning the basics of that language. It means learning how to communicate in another language with your peers or participating in extracurricular activities in that specific language.
Deepen Your Connection to Other Cultures
Language is the most direct connection to other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language exposes us to and fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language. Greater understanding, in turn, promotes greater tolerance, empathy, and acceptance of others—with studies showing that children who have studied another language are more open toward and express more positive attitudes toward the culture associated with that language.
See the World
Traveling as a speaker of the local language can revolutionize a trip abroad. While monolingual travelers are capable of visiting the same places, travelers who know more than one language are more easily able to navigate outside the tourist bubble and to connect and interact with the place and its people in a way that is often inaccessible to those without the language. Learning a second language also opens additional doors to opportunities for studying or working abroad.
Boost Your Confidence
Any language learner can attest to making his or her share of mistakes while discovering a new language—often in front of an audience. It’s a necessary part of the learning process! Learning a language means putting yourself out there and moving out of your comfort zone. The upside is the amazing sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when conversing with
someone in their native language.
As we explore a new language and culture, we naturally draw comparisons to what is most familiar. Learning about another culture sheds light on aspects of our own culture—both positive and negative—we may not have previously considered. You may find a greater appreciation for what you have, or you may decide to shake things up.
I would like to hear from you: What are your thoughts on this subject. You can share your thoughts and experiences with me and others in the comments section below!
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