The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language

Written by Keira Geary

Why You Should Learn Another Language – Benefits – World Languages – Methods and Tips


As globalization of the world continues to increase, the global face of language is slowly changing and growing. Bilingualism and multilingualism are perhaps one of the most useful real-world skills to have. Learning a foreign language will allow one to connect and communicate with others from different backgrounds all over the world. The benefits of speaking multiple languages will set you up for success in practically every aspect of your life.


            Benefits

Boosts Brain Power

Learning a foreign language introduces your brain to a whole new intricate system of rules, structures, and lexis. Your brain must cope with the complexity of the foreign language and absorb its patterns. Through doing this, your brain develops new learning skills, such as cognitive thinking and problem-solving.

Improves Memory

Learning a new language not only requires a familiarity with the vocabulary and rules, but also provides you with the ability to recall and apply this knowledge. The brains of multilingual people are more exercised and quicker to recall directions, names, facts and figures.

Improves Performance in Other Academic Areas.

The benefits of learning and knowing more than one language included higher exam scores and improves reading comprehension and vocabulary. Language skills increase the ability to do well with different problem-solving tasks.

Increases Career Choices

Multilingual employees add value to the workforce and is a competitive edge in today’s world.


World Languages

The most spoken languages in the world are:

  1. Chinese
  2. English
  3. Spanish
  4. Arabic
  5. Hindi
  6. Bengali
  7. Portuguese
  8. Russian
  9. Japanese
  10. German

Learning one of these languages, due to their global popularity and number of speakers, would give you an advantage to getting a job.


Methods and Tips

  1. When learning a new language, consistent study time is the key to achieving the best results.
  2. Don’t wait too long before speaking out loud, conversation and overall speaking as much as you can will really help you remember the language and help you learn.
  3. When learning a new language, Motivation is key. If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, then you’re less likely to stay motivated for the long-run.

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