The benefits of learning a foreign language
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- Wed, 29-07-2015
It takes time and dedication to learn a foreign language. No matter you don’t know any foreign languages or already a translator; the following benefits may convince you to take the plunge to learn a new one.
It sharpens your mind.
A second language offers a strong exercise regimen for the executive control center, ultimately making it more efficient. Bilingualism can keep this center strong even as you age. As the brain works out meaning and makes full use of this new arsenal to express ideas, it sharpens your skills on reading, negotiating: and problem-solving.
It improves your communication skills
When attempting to write or speak in a second language, you suddenly have to focus more on the order of words, your verb tenses, and parts of speech. You can become more aware of how they're arranged in your first language when recognizing how the foreign language sentences are arranged.
It boosts your creativity
A study published last year found that learning a foreign language enhanced people's fluency, elaboration, originality: and flexibility, the four scales measured by the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking. Researchers concluded that learning a second language improved speakers' planning, cognitive flexibility: and working memory, three pillars on which creativity is built.
It makes you more flexible and open to other cultures
Since a language is a doorway to a particular culture, learning a new language enables a person to have a broader understanding of that race or culture. As a result, if you are multilingual, you have the advantage of seeing the world from different viewpoints. It’s a valuable tool in this interconnected world.
It expands your career potentials
Knowledge of foreign languages may increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a promotion or a transfer overseas, or of going on foreign business trips.
It aids in self-discovery and self-actualization
It makes you come to terms with how you view the world and other cultures, and have more appreciation of your own. In the end, you come to terms with yourself, too.
As a language learner and user, you'll not only become more conscious and you can also communicate clearly and think creatively, but you'll also gain the most significant benefit of multilingualism: a broader, more global perspective.