13 reasons to learn a foreign language.
Learn anything faster.
Learning a foreign language starts very important and useful processes in your brain. You automatically train yourself to recognize, understand, memorize and use any information much better and faster
Boost your confidence.
When we set out to achieve something and find success, it boosts our confidence levels — no matter how small the progress is.
Even being able to carry a 30-second conversation with a native speaker can significantly make you more confident, because you know it’s something you wouldn’t have been able to do before.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — E.E. Cummings
Increase your brain power and prevent potential brain diseases.
A psychologist at York University in Toronto, Ellen Bialystok, has found that students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of math, reading, and vocabulary.
Additionally, a study conducted around a similar time by Researchers from University College London has shown that learning other languages altered grey matter – the area of the brain which processes information – in the same way exercise builds muscles.
Improving our health is something that should be a priority for every one of us, no matter how old we are. Most of us consider improving our health in a few major areas, like our physical appearance. But we tend to miss out on the most important part that runs our entire body — the brain.
We are nothing without the vital functions of our brain, and we need to prioritize its health like we would with any other vital organ in our body.
When it comes to the brain, learning a new language can prevent or delay Alzeihmer’s disease and dementia by 4.5 years. This is a far more powerful than the best drugs which only delays the symptoms by 6–12 months.
The American Academy of Neurology has performed studies showing that speaking more than one language increases the amount of neural pathways in the brain, allowing information to be processed through a greater variety of channels.
Get a new perspective about your own culture.
See bigger picture! You know your country and your culture, but to know it better, to value it you should have a look at it from very different, new point of view. Too many people live their entire lives never questioning the universal “truths” they take for granted in their own culture. But step outside this narrow scope, and it’s like stepping out of the Matrix; once your eyes are truly opened to that new perspective, you can never go back.
Improve your native language.
According to the Impact of the Second Language Education, studying a second language alone will significantly improve the grammar, reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills of your first language.
This makes sense because learning a new language allows you to understand the structures and breakdowns of a language, whereas this is something you intuitively picked up when you learned your native language.
Increase your creativity.
Language learning is one of the best ways to become more creative. It’s a lot like putting together the pieces of a new puzzle. And the usage of a foreign language is both: a skill and an art.
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 is bilingual is arguably much more likely to get the job. You also can grow significantly at your current job if you can speak a foreign language.
Meet new people and develop life-long friendships or deepen your relationships.
Meet new and interesting people! Speak to people in their language and you’ll understand their soul, you’ll be able to see the truth about their life and feelings, you’ll find out really exciting and amazing things from them. Develop life-long friendships or, who knows, even the love of your life!
Impress people around you.
People always admire those who have some specific skills, especially speaking a foreign language. This always considered to be the privilege of intelligent, well-educated and smart people, which can do something meaningful in their life.
Improve your decision making skills.
A study from the University of Chicago found that when people speak in a language other than their native tongue, it helps eliminate their tendency toward so-called loss aversion—that is, getting too caught up in the “here and now” to make choices that could profit us further down the road.
Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up. This means that if you learn a second language, this might well improve your ability to make wiser financial choices, for example. Who would’ve thought?
Enjoy works of art in their original language.
There are a lot of great masterpieces in literature (prose and poetry), folklore, songs all over the world. But we only can see their real beauty, know their real value, feel their depth and magic, if we get aquatinted with them in their original language. So, don’t miss such a great opportunity in your life and open the world of art from the different side.
Become more open-minded.
Learning a foreign language and getting soaked into an entirely new culture and world view is the surest way to become an open-minded, understanding individual, and that is really priceless. Seeing the world from a different perspective, and understanding where you and others come from, is a fantastic, eye-opening experience.
So many people want to learn a foreign language, but very often they find too many reasons why they “can’t achieve it”. All of those aren’t real, believe me. Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. Earlier you start – faster you’ll have the results! Don’t hesitate and don’t waste your time and your life, do something great for yourself – learn a foreign language!