14 Good Reasons To Learn A New Language

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Do you wish to know why you should study a second or new language? I’ll give you 14 good reasons you should. Here we go:

It’ll make you smarter

Learning a new language challenges your brain to recognize, and negotiate meaning. This can be applied in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Study even shows that students who study foreign languages perform better in standardized tests than students who only speak one language.

Advantage in an application pool

Knowing a second language could give you an edge over other applicants in a job, internship or university application pool.

Organizations or companies who plan to expand into an oversea market, constantly look for bilingual staff.

Institutions look for students with transferable skills, and learning a second language is just one of them.

It makes you indispensable

Job security is a serious concern for so many employees in today’s workforce. Being indispensable at work means that your supervisors count on you so much that without you, the productivity of your department might suffer. There are different things that can make you indispensable, and learning a new language is one.

It improves your brain health

Studies have shown that learning a second language delayed the onset of many brain related diseases such as Alzheimer and dementia, as compared to those who only speak one language.

It gives you a wide perspective

You’ll be able to make better sense of things happening around the world–I mean in countries that speak the language(s) you know.

It’ll improve your memory

The brain is like a muscle. The more you work it, the more it functions better. One of the best ways to work the brains is by learning something new. A new or second language is a good starting point.

You’ll get better at English

Learning a second language would introduce you to the mechanics of language. You’ll become aware the way languages can be structured and manipulated. These skills will make you an effective communicator in speaking or writing in English.

It’ll improve your decision-making skills

A study from the University of Chicago, suggests bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Every language contains nuance and subtle implications in its vocabulary. These nuance and subtle implications can subconsciously influence your judgment. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.

You’ll be better at multitasking

According to a study from Pennsylvania State University, multilingual people are skilled at switching between two systems of speech. This skill makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structures.

It’ll improve your study abroad options

If you can speak Chinese, then you may want to consider China as a study abroad destination.

It’ll make your Travel experience enjoyable

If you can speak Russian, then you’d be able to communicate with all those cute Russian girls who are not so good at communicating in English.

You’d be able to experience new cultures in a special level.

It increases your social proof

It’d be easier socializing with a Spanish girl on campus if you can speak Spanish. Speaking her language even though you are not a native of a Spanish speaking country is just another way to impress her. The same situation applies to business or other forms of meetings, and more.

Better job prospects

You’d be able to know whether to take the job at “country A” or “country B”.

You’d feel a sense of achievement

It’s not an easy thing to learn a second or new language, but if you did–thumps up! You should be proud of yourself.

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Giovanni O.C Olakunori

Giovanni Chinecherem Olakunle Olakunori(commonly known as Giovanni Olakunori) is an aspiring data scientist at heart, business developer and educator with a deep interest in ancient philosophy, healthy living, and developing economies. He’s the founder of LarnEdu, a community that inspires and supports lifelong learning especially in underdeveloped nations. He currently lives in the UK after living in 4 other countries across Europe and Africa. You can read more about him or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see his public posts about how much he loves hot Kenkey and Jolof rice.

1 Response

  1. Ski B says:

    My girl friend is Russian. I’m learning Russian, and I’m loving it.

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