I really love foreign languages. I am a former language student after all. Five years of learning them and traveling the world. Thus, I wanted to share with you why I think they are so important and why you should speak one or two!
Languages are cool. Here’s why!
1. It will make you stand out
English is the international language. Thus, most people have to learn it. Sometimes, they even have to learn a third language. When applying for jobs, out of thousand of resumes, if you have foreign languages, you have something more. You are just increasing odds in your favor. Business-wise, speaking languages is highly sought after. Indeed, speaking the language of your business partner will reduce miscommunication. Furthermore, they will probably appreciate the effort you make towards them, which will improve your chances to create a successful business relationship. Long lasting relationships are crucial in business.
2. It is impressive
Learning a language does not happen in few days or few months. It takes time and a lot of practice. It won’t be done in a snap. You will have to study a lot from grammar, conjugation and spelling. Practice is really important and the best way to get it right is to move abroad. This is not something everybody can or is willing to do. People appreciate that you put so much work in improving yourself. They will be impressed because they know how hard it can be.
3. It opens your mind to new cultures
With a new language comes a new culture. Languages are shaped by the culture they are within. Just look at typical expressions that change dramatically from one language to another but still keep the same meaning. To really understand how a language work, you will have to understand the culture. This can happen in many ways but the most obvious is to go abroad. Then, you leave your comfort zone, your world changes and you have to adapt to something new. You discover a new way of living, doing, thinking and work on your adaptability and flexibility. These are skills that employers value quite a bit!
4. It increases your brain power
Speaking other languages can really help. I am not the one saying it, they are! Studies have demonstrated that learning a new language has many cognitive benefits. You improve your memory and decision-making, have a longer attention span and reduce risk of age-related cognitive decline. The brain is a muscle and just as any other muscles, it needs to be used to develop.
5. It is fun and cool
I personally love learning languages. I already speak three and would be open to learning a new one. You can never learn too many languages. Speaking foreign languages improves communication. It also makes travelling abroad easier. You meet great people, built strong friendships and live great adventures. Plus, you have amazing stories to tell when you are back home. You never stop to be amazed by the world diversity. Speaking different languages is cool. I don’t say showing off is a good thing but speaking languages is a good thing to show off about!
As a girl who have been living in France, New Zealand, Italy and the United Kingdom over the past six years, I know what I am talking about. I had great fun and would encourage anybody to leave their comfort zone and go abroad as well. Great adventures ahead.
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