Why learn a new language?

Tuesday October 2, 2018 | Written by ihadmin

Learning a new language can be very beneficial! 

Here are our Top 5 reasons why:

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1. New job opportunities

To get a promotion or expand your business in a world where there are endless opportunities to communicate, learning a new language brings new possibilities as many companies are opening global franchises. With the advantage of language we are able to better position ourselves in the job market. Markets are quickly expanding and with the invention of the internet we are able to work globally without ever boarding a plane. Learning the language of your target market allows you to better understand the people your product is serving. This will help you stay ahead of market trends and inevitable increase sales.

2. Expand your brain

Learning a new language forces your brain to work in a new way. Unlike other skills, learning a language can help you build multi tasking skills, improve your memory, and even help with decision making.  Juggling languages when talking in groups allows you to think in a way that challenges your brain in a new level.

3. Increase Creativity

Learning to say something in a new language forces you to rearrange sentences in a way you are not used to. This allows you to flex your creativity by making sense of something that is new to you

4. Expand your sense of humour

You might have noticed that jokes don’t normally translate well and often get lost in translation. Each language has its own sense of humour forcing you to stretch your mind to see the world in a different way. 

5. Learning makes you more comfortable with failure

We all make mistakes. Failure is a part of life that we can’t easily avoid. However, what we learn from it is what helps us move forward and improve. When learning a new language you might make many mistakes. By accepting that our failure is just a step toward success is a life lesson everyone needs to learn. The less caught up we get in making mistakes and the more we try, the better our language skills will be.

There are many more reasons why you should learn a language. Whatever your reason may be, the hardest thing to do is start. No one learns a new language overnight, it takes time and dedication. Be ready to accept both the ups and downs of this process, and trust me there will be some challenging times. Just know that in the end you’ll know how to speak more than 1 language, and that’s impressive.

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