Before I tell you why you should learn a foreign language, I’d like to ask you why you haven’t started yet.
Wouldn’t you like to travel the world?
Do you detest socialising with people from different cultures?
Maybe you do not want to excel in academics, or get a good job?
I’m sure you do not agree to any of the above. Then why wait any longer?
Top 5 reasons to learn a new foreign language
- Learning a second language can improve your first one
Yes, it is true. When you start to learn a new language, you constantly interpret everything you read into your first language and vice versa. This helps you polish your language skills in both the languages!
- Better performance in academics
A study revealed that learning a foreign language can improve your performance on standardized tests. So all those who aspire to study abroad or wish to take competitive exams can really benefit by it.
It also results in stronger listening, reading and writing skills in your native language (as mentioned in the first point!).
- Increased self-control and focus
Not only does learning a foreign language increase our cognitive ability and memory, it also leads to better self-control and focus. Bilinguals are also known to take better decisions after weighing all the pros and cons.
Due to all these factors, bilinguals find it easier to learn more languages (or anything for that matter!).
To read about the benefits of bilingualism in detail, click here:
- Enhanced multi-tasking skills
Multi-tasking involves switching from one task to another. This requires improved cognition, memory and focus. As bilinguals are blessed will all of these, they perform better at jobs that involve multi-tasking – much better than their monolingual counterparts.
In this day and age, multi-tasking is a skill which is very important, hence bilinguals can win big!
- Protection from dementia and Alzheimer’s
Studies have shown that learning a second language can help protect or at least slow down the growth of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
A study even showed that bilinguals retain brain function for a much longer period than monolinguals.
So what are you waiting for? Learn a new language today – and what better language than English which can help you succeed in every sphere of life?