Five Reasons Why You Should Learn Foreign Languages

Five Reasons Why You Should Learn Foreign Languages

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, ifย 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.

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you liked this post.

See you soon
Love,
Corinne

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21 Comments

  1. December 14, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I love this post – and I wish more people saw how useful learning another language is. I studied A level french and loved it and to this day kind of regret not carrying it on. I still remember some bits though and still like to try and test myself!

    Christie x
    christielouize.co.uk

    • Profile photo of corinneandkirsty December 15, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Hi Christie. Thanks for reading. Glad you liked this post. A good way to improve your French without putting too much work in it is reading books and newspapers in French and watching movies in French as well. If you need any book idea or advice, ask ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx Corinne

  2. February 13, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Love this post, always been saying we want to learn a laungauge together but we never did. This has now given us the motivation to start! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  3. February 13, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I want to know another language so bad. I’ve been working on French for a while, but I keep having to put it aside. I’m planning to get a tutor when I graduate this year. I want to make it a priority. Like you said, there are so many benefits! I had no idea you’d lived in so many countries. That is so the dream!

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

  4. February 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Ah I love this! I’ve been trying to learn Italian for a while but I’m really bad at keeping myself motivated – my dad used to speak 8 different languages and I used to love it so much as a child because he would read me my bedtime stories in Russian or something! I will learn it one day! X

  5. February 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Totally agree with this post! Although it’s pretty difficult, I’m learning Arabic this year! xx
    – goldenmemos.blogspot.com

  6. Ryley
    February 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I took Spanish up until I graduated high school and I still can’t speak a full sentence! I think I want to try to teach myself now that I’m older ! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Hi, languages are so important. I wish that I had paid more attention to French snd Spanish at school. It’s never to late to learn though, Chloe #TeacupClub

  8. February 13, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Love this post!! I’m trying to learn spanish at the moment!

    Love, Melissa x
    lovemelissax.blogspot.co.uk

  9. February 13, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post I’ve always wanted to learn another language but just never had the time! Maybe I should add another thing to my goals for this year ๐Ÿ’–

  10. February 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Loved this post! I started learning german last year and I really need to get back on it because I would love to be able to talk another language X

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  11. February 13, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Um, wow! I was so excited to read this post because I’m a former languages student too! I completely agree with everything you say and I really hope it encourages your readers to take up a new language! Aside from being a useful skill, it really does open up so many doors. I work in fashion and I cannot tell you how many times luxury fashion brands request staff who have a second language under their belt. It’s all about building that relationship with people just like you mentioned!
    Bisous, Faz
    http://www.livinglikeaparisienne.com

  12. rachelxblog
    February 13, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Loved this post! I learnt French and German a few years back (studied them and NVQs) it was really fun and interesting learning them! It comes in handy for my job too sometimes! I agree, it does make you stand out and is impressive! Fab post ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx
    Rachel | http://www.rachelxblog.com

  13. February 13, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I regret not keeping up with my Chinese and French because my knowledge of both has since deterioted. It’s so embarrassing for me to admit that I’ve forgotten them and this just makes me want to ignore the fact that I ever learnt. I really need to get out of this mindset and just force myself to learn again, especially Chinese!

  14. February 13, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I totally agree, it’s so important to learn another language, especially if you want to live abroad or travel a lot. I learnt Spanish during school and uni and I hope I’ll be able to keep it up – it would be amazing to live in Spain at some point!

  15. Charlotte
    February 13, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Totally jealous that you can speak three languages! I’m glad you highlighted how much fun learning a language can be as well as the cognitive benefits, I think a lot of people don’t realise just how fun it can be. I love learning languages and would love to be fluent in more than a few! Great post xx

    theassortedwriter.blogspot.co.uk

  16. February 13, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    YESSSS this post is excellent! I firmly believe people who speak English as a first language should learn at least one other language. You’re totally right: language shapes thinking, and it opens you up to new ways of seeing the world. I feel like it also helps you to be more compassionate if you’ve ever had to make your way in a foreign country using a different language.

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  17. February 13, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Love this post! I speak English & Spanish and love that I do. It allows me to speak to more people directly, and have a wide range of friends.

  18. April 21, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Totally agree! ๐Ÿ‘ I’m so addicted learning languages now that I can’t stop, can’t wait when I learn some languages a little Biltmore, so I can start learning another one *~*

    Kate x
    http://limbria.blogspot.com/

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