Do you think knowing your native language is enough? Why do some people learn other languages? We all have our reasons for learning another language but here are some reasons that why we should at least know and learn another language.
The world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they can't-do it without hiring globally-minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport traveling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you. Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants.
Your brain stays active:
No matter how old you are learning another language helps your brain to stay active and therefore you stay healthier and more alert. 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.
Being able to connect with other cultures:
By knowing another language, it is just like another door to the world is opening to you. You can connect with other people other than your own culture without being afraid of not being understood. Especially if you learn a language that is used in most of the places in the world.
Know your culture more:
As long as you stay inside of your country and don’t have any relations with other people from different countries and cultures how can you know about the strengths and weaknesses of your own culture. It’s in the relationship with other cultures that opens your eyes to your own culture too.
Become more interesting in the eye of others:
By knowing another language if you are in a gathering or parties or even job meetings you have a higher chance to become the center of attention. People like to connect with more interesting people.
Stay smart in touristic areas:
While traveling to other countries the second language helps you to be smarter in those places and to be more independent in going and staying in the town on your own without depending on other people.
Becoming a better learner:
As you spend time learning your first foreign language, you’ll identify your own inefficiencies and eliminate them. You’ll start gaining momentum in your chosen language and learn more and more quickly. Then you’ll be able to hit the ground running with the next language.
Feel more confident:
If a tourist comes to you in your country and you are able to communicate when you feel confident in yourself which is a very great feeling.
Becoming a better decision maker:
If you learn to speak another language, you’ll learn to think in that language. And when you think about your decisions in a foreign language, that emotional bias tends to go away and you end up choosing the more logical outcome.
Enjoy works of art in the original language:
By knowing another language you become more familiar with their culture and therefore you can become more connected with their works of art.
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.