12 Sep Why Should You Learn a Language?
At Acquire Language, we get asked almost daily “why should I bother learning a language”
Well, in response to that (absurdly common) question, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite benefits that come from having a second language under your belt.
1. Update your resume and push your career to the next level.
In today’s evolving global economy, we have more and more companies branching out into different nations. Did you know that four out of five new jobs in Australia are created as a result of foreign trade? There is also a worldwide shortage of multilingual individuals (just like the future you). So what are you waiting for? Give yourself that competitive edge and boost your resume to the top of the pile. Before you know it, you’ll be jetting off to different countries all over the world on business trips (probably holding a fancy briefcase and flying first class but we can’t be sure).
2. Give Your Brain a Boost
The list of cognitive benefits is endless! Studies have proven countless times that speaking more than one language improves your cognitive function, deepens your understanding of the world around you, and EVEN delays dementia! Pretty incredible right? With the ability to speak and understand another language, here are just a few of the health benefits:
- Better Decision-Making Skills
- Improved Memory
- Increased Attention Span
- Improved Ability To Multitask
- Deeper Understanding Of Your Own Language
- Delayed Onset Of Dementia (people who can speak more than one language tend to develop dementia up to five years later than monolingual people).
3. Connect with new people around the world.
Many people who have English as their first language generally assume that English is the most commonly spoken language on the planet. Many would at least assume they would be able to “get by” in many countries with their English, in the hopes that others will understand their language. In fact, that’s not the case at all. Today, the most commonly spoken language is Mandarin (Chinese) with 1197 million native speakers, Spanish follows second with 399 million, and English comes in third place with 335 million.
Okay, so 335 million isn’t exactly a small number, but it less than a third of the number of people who speak Chinese. In order to converse and communication with anyone overseas, it’s more than likely we’ll have to know another language.
Maybe you want to ask the time while on holiday, or maybe you want to debate French culinary styles in Paris – if you want to make friends, hold conversations and learn new perspectives, it cannot be done without first learning a new language!
4. Enjoy Foreign Entertainment Without Getting “lost in translation”
Ditch the subtitles and painful voice-overs on Indian Bollywood films, Japanese manga, and Spanish telenovelas – it’s so much more entertaining to watch foreign entertainment and truly understand the silly nuances and inside jokes of each culture.
Aside from movies and television, it doesn’t matter if you’re a history buff, movie nerd or lover of foreign food- engage in entertainment and immerse yourself in the culture of a foreign nation by learning the language. Foreign languages open the door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, film and philosophy.
5. Challenge Yourself in an Entirely New Way
Need any more convincing? You will find your next passion project, a creative hobby, and a rewarding experience all meshed together. If you’re looking for a new skill that will give you the competitive advantage, challenge and develop your brain, and push you into the ranks of the 13% of people in Australia who can speak a second language fluently, then look no further.
Quit Your Excuses!
No matter what your reason to learn another language – quit the excuses and dive right in, because by the time you’ve read this article – you could have learned to introduce yourself in our beginners class at Acquire Language. Get your pen at the ready, because you’re about to tick a major thing off your bucket list!