It is true: a new language truly opens the door to a new world. Language equals power. Power equals survival, and the fittest survive longer with the famous cherry on top.
A newly acquired language leads to an improved personal and professional life. You gain a new form of communication, an improved confidence, a red-carpet runway to a different culture, and the destruction of yet another barrier.
With that said, learning a foreign language may not be as hard as you think. Look at the little ones: from the tender age of three, they often master multiple languages in one go! So, what is it that stops us from doing the same? Our limits of what is possible and what isn’t are set by our minds. At first, it could feel like you are unlocking a whole new world, or being introduced to a distinct structure. However, just a couple of hours into the learning process and you will begin to realise the challenge of stepping into this foreign space has been broken.
Ditch the stereotype that tells you language learning is hard – because it is not. Many people claim that learning languages can easily turn into an addiction as it opens multiple channels of opportunities, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to reach for the sky to enjoy the fruits of labour?
Here are just a few benefits that should get you into the mood of exploring the world of spoken words with meanings:
1. Language learning improves your self-confidence and employability – Keep in mind that a foreign language needs the learner to be fully focused, and ready to repeat and repeat. Be consistent because commitment is key. This leads to a focused head, which leads to more material covered, and, voilà, you have a brand-new language to add to your CV! A longer language list amongst your credentials looks professional, attractive and it gives you that competitive edge which may help you to nail your dream job! Does the job you are applying for require frequent travelling? Go ahead! Being bi-/multi-lingual is good for when you’re in a foreign country. The world is your oyster! Another sneaky benefit? The business whispers that once sounded so strange to your ears – now not only make perfect sense but also give you the insight into the business imperium of others. Check mate.
2. Language learning makes you smarter – Your brain will blossom like a flower. Studies have shown that learning a foreign language will enhance your memory, focus and adaptability. It pushes your brain to memorise new words and helps you sharpen your focus through the process of language acquisition and repetition. Be the mastermind you always dreamt of being!
3. Meet new people and make new friends – You are the winner when you are connecting with people from different countries just because you speak their language. Widen your horizon, be more tolerant of others and simply speak global. Language travel is not just an educational benefit, it also brings peace, fun and lifelong memories to be safeguarded in your memory box.
Learn a new language just because we live in a global village. We wake up to Colombian coffee and French toast for breakfast, drive a German car whilst listening to English music, followed by a multilingual chat amongst colleagues in the office who then decide to have Arabic food for lunch followed by an Indian karak chai! In the evening, we dance the night away to global beats. Because we speak global and we are the winners!