Why should you learn a new language?
It’s hard to wrap your head around new grammar rules, difficult pronunciations, and string words together into meaningful phrases, right?
So why should you even bother?
Well, it pays dividends.
Among dozens, if not hundreds, here are 5 good reasons to become fluent in a foreign language.
1. Expand your Career or Study Options
Studying or working abroad is a dream of many, but the language barrier may get in the way.
Traveling ranks among the best experiences of a lifetime. The sheer pleasure of discovering a new culture and making lifelong friends are but a couple of the rewards of living in a foreign country.
Speaking a foreign language enables you to pursue educational and professional opportunities that enrich your life.
2. Enhance your Learning Capacity
Learning a new language gives your brain a good workout!
Actually, acquiring a new skill, such as speaking a language, rewires your brain.
Your brain discovers new, neural pathways, which allow you to become a better learner.
Think of it as training a muscle, the more you work out, the stronger the muscle becomes.
When the muscle gets stronger, it’s able to carry more weight or the same weight more easily.
3. Create Deeper Connections
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”—Nelson Mandela
The purpose of language is to communicate with people.
However, speaking with someone in their mother tongue makes a huge difference in the quality of the exchange. It establishes an unspoken bond that’s more meaningful and real than conversing in any other language.
4. Enjoy Creative Works in their Native Language
No matter how good it may be, so much is lost in translation.
When you’re able to read and understand a new language, you get access to works of art, literature, and film in the original form.
This allows you to appreciate and get a far better picture of the message a book or a movie is trying to convey.
5. Do it for the Fun of it
Granted, many didn’t enjoy the time they spent in school.
Nevertheless, learning without the pressure of tests and quizzes is actually fun!
Learn a language because it’s a joyful activity.
Do it so you know you can, it will make you feel good!
So are you learning a new language? Why? Please let us know in the comments below.
I am m a nomad with a knack for writing and languages. My story with languages started when I was a kid, fast forward 20 years from that time, now I speak two languages other than my mother tongue, and learning a third!