Many people around the world always mention that learning a new language is part of their wish list, but very few actually take on the challenge. Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication, but brings many rewards. Just in case you need some motivation here are 8 reasons why you should learn a new language.
- Keep sharp!
There is a well spread rumour that speaking a second language is really healthy, well, guess what? Study after study proves the cognitive benefits of learning another language. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.
Maybe you’re the intellectual kind of person and you are interested in literature, poetry, films, TV programs, music or some other aspect of a foreign culture. If you want to get the full meaning of every little detail so nothing gets lost in translation, the best thing you can do is to learn the language of the culture you are keen on discovering.
- Challenge yourself
If you are one of those go-getters that is always looking for a new challenge, maybe you would enjoy the never-ending journey of learning a foreign language. There is always something new that you can learn and be proud of.
- Make better decisions
According to a study from the University of Chicago, people that speak more languages and especially bilingual people tend to make more rational decisions. Any language contains nuances and subtle implications in its vocabulary and these biases can subconsciously influence your judgment.
- Get a job!
We live in an increasingly globalized world and companies are constantly expanding overseas and dealing with clients from all over the world. Between two candidates with the exact same skill set and experience, the person who speaks more languages is arguably much more likely to get the job.
- Learn more about yourself
Trying to understand your own culture exclusively from within is like trying to understand what a house looks like if you’ve only been inside of it and you can’t see the windows, the exterior walls or the roof on top of it.
Too many people live their entire lives never questioning the universal “truths” they take for granted in their own culture. But if you step outside this narrow scope, once your eyes are truly opened to that new perspective, you can never go back.
- Study or live overseas
Have you considered living abroad? If you feel like you’re in for a change and you’re looking for some excitement and adventure in your life, a foreign language might just be the door that’s waiting to be opened. Why not leave for a few years and study in East Asia? Whatever it is that you want, knowing a second language will surely bring you opportunities of a lifetime.
- Do it!
This is not rocket science; everybody can learn a new language! There are many excuses: I’m too old, I’m too young, I don’t have enough time, I’m not good at languages…. None of them hold water!
Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. You could even have your first conversation in that language you always wanted to learn in no more than a month!
Everyone has their own unique reasons for wanting to learn another language. But while the reasons may be different, they can all be put into action in the same way: by committing to stop making excuses, and to start speaking the language you’ve always wanted to learn.
If you want to start right away I recommend you to take online language lessons with native teachers from all around the globe who are able to teach 24/7. Have you heard about Lingoda? They offer English, German, French and Spanish courses for all levels (A1-C2). Give it a try and make it count!
Written by the Lingoda team
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