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Why Should You Make the Effort of Learning a Foreign Language?

Today’s guest post comes from Akansha Arora and I’m sure it will encourage you even further to embark on a language learning journey.

A common observation shows that most people take a foreign language course because it’s one of the hobbies they want to pursue. But it’s amazing to know that learning a foreign language can do so much benefit for the brain. The following article lists some benefits that learning a foreign language can bring.

So, you thought you could do with one language for your entire life? Well, it is not impossible to do so, but the number of benefits that you could get from learning a foreign language are many. Adding your language skills to your CV is one of them, but there are cognitive advantages that develop you as a whole. It is found that these cognitive benefits are found  mostly in people who have the ability to speak multiple languages regularly.

Here is why having an access to a foreign language is more important than you think.

#1 Boosts Brain Power

How does it do that? Foreign language in itself is a vast subject that has distinct rules, meaning and etymology. With such complexities, learning a foreign language puts the brain to task by recognizing the new structure of the foreign language. The activity of the brain that is involved in working out the meanings and the use of this new storage of the brain helps boosting reading, problem-solving and negotiating skills.

 

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#2 Develops the Ability of Multi-tasking

Not everyone has the skills to multi-task. People who are not used to it, find it extremely stressful. Learning a foreign language helps a person in developing multi-tasking skills. A person who can master the skills of juggling between two or more languages develop fine skills of multitasking. This is because learning languages requires the brain to finely distinguish between them so that the tongue can perform its task well. So, the brain gets the ability to distinguish things at the same time you want to work with all of them.

#3 Helps You Improve Your Memory

You do a number of things that help you improve your memory. Add learning a foreign language to your list. Memorizing the rules and learning the vocabulary helps strengthening the mental muscle. The overall exercise improves memory which implies that people with bilingual skills have better abilities in memorizing sequences and lists.  They are also better in remembering shopping lists, directions and names.

#4 Improves Decision Making Ability

It is observed that people who are learning foreign languages have better decision-making power. Apart from vocabulary and rules, there are nuances and vernacular expressions that a student is required to judge for appropriate meanings. Hence, this helps in making the decision making ability more wise and sharp.

#5 Sharpens Observing Skills

You become more perceptive and more observant about your surroundings.

Now you know where Sherlock Homes got his skills from?

#6 Makes you more flexible and open

Learning a language is a gateway to other cultures and hence learning it gives a person the ability to have a broader understanding of the culture or a particular race. It makes you more appreciative and more flexible about ways of looking and doing things. This valuable tool of seeing the world from different vantage points is something that you can develop from learning languages.

#7 Expands Career Potential

Well, it is one advantage that you can materialize for yourself. Learning a foreign language definitely gives you a competitive edge over others. Not only it adds to the column of languages, but develops you as a person and gives you the ability to communicate in different languages and cross all cultural barriers.

Also, mastering a foreign language gives you an added self-confidence with all those skills that you develop. The openness and the ability of being interactive makes polyglots quite attractive.

Final Words

You may not expect the entire list when you embark to learn a new language. But, as a matter of fact, understanding a foreign language helps you in self-discovery. It enriches your viewpoints about varied cultures and have more appreciation of your own and makes you come in terms with yourself too.

Learning a foreign language gives you cognitive and mental benefits that are apparent in polyglots. It is easier to inculcate all the above mentioned skills in children, so learning a foreign language at an early age is beneficial. On the other hand, even learning it at a later stage is equally worth it.

Author Bio

Akansha Arora

Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics that interest a reader. She writes keeping in mind the current   scenarios and wishes to keep her readers well informed. You can follow her on google.com/+AkanshaArora2112

Chiara Grandola

Hey there! I'm Chiara, also known as Claire on the language learning community. I'm deeply in love with any form of art, different cultures and... guess what?! Yes, languages!