The 9 Best Benefits 📣 Of Learning A Second Language

Benefits Of Learning A Second Language 📣 Why You Should Learn A New Language

Here’s the deal – there are many, many benefits of learning a second language. We could talk about it for hours.

But you want answers, you want to know the main reasons for learning a new language, whether it be your 2nd, 3rd or even 4th!

Learning a foreign language not only can provide personal fulfilment, it can also open the door to a multitude of new opportunities not available for the monolingual speakers.

Let’s dive in and see why you should learn a new language today!

Reason 1 – It BOOSTS your BRAIN Power

Reason 2 – It will BROADEN your HORIZONS

Reason 3 – It will ENHANCE your CAREER

Reason 4 – It will get you a HIGHER SALARY

Reason 5 – Meeting a SPECIAL SOMEONE

Reason 6 – COMMUNICATE as you TRAVEL

Reason 7 – IMPROVE Your MEMORY

Reason 8 – Improve Your NATIVE LANGUAGE Skills

Reason 9 – Become a Better MULTI TASKER

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1. It Boosts Brain Power

Learning a second language exercises your brain, improves your memory and attention span.

While acquiring a new language, in fact, your brain will naturally analyse and process the new linguistic structures and identify the best techniques to assimilate its syntax and semantic details.

Furthermore, while pursuing full fluency in the desired language, you will be forced to find creative ways to express what you think using alternative methods, this will boost your creativity, problem-solving skills, and multi-tasking abilities.

2. It Broadens Your Horizons

Knowing more than a language not only can make your holidays and experiences abroad easier by allowing you to speak with locals or other foreigners, it will also change your perspective and the way you view the world around you.

Meeting and talking with native speakers is an essential component of the learning process.

While doing that you will automatically become “the foreigner” and this will help you to develop more empathy and openness to different cultures and habits.

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3. It Will Enhance Your Career

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This is one of the best benefits of learning a second language

As nowadays more and more companies are expanding their business internationally.

Being able to communicate in multiple languages makes a candidate more attractive than others that can only speak their native one.

Furthermore, speaking another language conveys that you are a goal-oriented, highly motivated, and resourceful person, all skills that can differentiate you as a valuable asset to your prospective employers.

4. It Will Help Boost Your Salary

As bilingual and multilingual employees are higher in demand than those who can just speak one language, they can earn up to 10 to 15% earn more money on average than monolingual speakers.

Of course, some languages are more lucrative to learn than others.

As shown in Becky Barr’s article Highest Paid Languages Of 2017

“Japanese and the Chinese languages were named the most lucrative non-English tongues for UK job seekers” followed by French, German and Arabic.

So, what are you waiting for?

Choose the foreign language that inspires you the most, stop making excuses, and start learning!

5. Meeting a Special Someone

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There’s a lot of people on this planet – 7.7 billion to be precise!

That said, speaking just one language limits your options of communication to a vast number of people, depending on your 1st language of course.

Now if there’s one language you could learn that opens up more doors than any in the world, it’s Mandarin.

Why? Pretty obvious right…

Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world – over 1 billion overall.

Simple maths tells you that speaking Mandarin opens the door to roughly 12.5% of the whole population in the world.

You never know, learning that extra language might lead to meeting a very special someone…

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6. Communicate and Travel

We’ve all been there…

You want to get something simple like a bottle of water, but just shouting WATER (in your language of course) generally won’t do you any good.

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How much easier your life would be if you knew how to ask for a bottle of water and spoke in the native language?

It’s true… your life really does become a whole lot easier!

Having the ability to be able to do the simple things, that we take for granted, makes a huge difference for every day things. Here’s some examples:

The list is endless. It’s a huge benefit of learning a second language and should never be underestimated.

7. Improve Your Memory

Storing some English, Italian, French and Chinese in your brain can’t be a bad thing right.

When switching between languages you are constantly digging into the memory bank which you have wisely expanded.

Information is available at our fingertips these days and that in turn as weakened our memories oddly enough.

A benefit of learning a second language is expanding and enhancing that memory of yours!

8. Improve Your Native Languages Skills

Wait a minute, by learning Chinese I improve my English?

You heard it here first!

By learning another language you sometimes come across words that even in English you are stumped by.

Odious, Arduous – what are they? I know them in Chinese but not English.

Quick research tells you the meanings and voila… you’ve just banked two new words to your native tongue that you never expected!

9. Become Stronger at Multi-Tasking

Anyone who speaks more than one language everyday will be able to relate to this.

Switching between languages takes mental strength in many cases. Speakers of 4+ languages will often joke about those awkward moments when they used a French word when embarking in a German conversation!

The point is, when learning that second language, you become much more adept at multi-tasking and switching between general day-to-day tasks.

Pretty cool, eh!

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Benefits Of Learning A Second Language – FAQ’s

Can I earn a higher salary if I speak more than one language?

As bilingual and multilingual employees are higher in demand than those who can just speak one language, they can earn up to 10 to 15% earn more money on average than monolingual speakers.

Will my memory improve if I learn another language?

Yes. When switching between languages you are constantly digging into the memory bank which you have wisely expanded.

What are the most valuable languages to learn as an English speaker?

“Japanese and the Chinese languages were named the most lucrative non-English tongues for UK job seekers” according to this article – followed by French, German and Arabic.

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