Why You Should Learn A New Language

Why You Should Learn A New Language

Learning a new language is a fun experience. It does not only open up new opportunities for you to fully appreciate and understand other cultures, but it also allows you to have new life perspectives. While it may be a tad too difficult to start your language learning journey as it takes time and dedication, we assure you that it will definitely be worth adding another language to your skill set. Here are five reasons why you should be learning a new language.

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1. Transform Travel Experiences

Travelling these days means taking beautiful pictures and sharing them on all social media platforms. But what really makes travel experiences unique is through understanding the culture and history of the places that you are visiting. Learning a handful of useful phrases in another language can make your travels easy, safe, and fun, especially when interacting with the local residents.

2. Sharpen Cognitive And Decision Making Skills

Learning a new language involves a variety of learning skills, hence it can improve your ability to learn as well as develop greater cognitive abilities and higher order thinking skills. Additionally, speaking in a foreign language can improve decision making skills by eliminating the tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains, which then leads to you having more confidence in your decisions.

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3. Boost Employment Potential

Do you know that you are able to increase your earnings power just by learning a new foreign language? Being bilingual increases your chance of getting employed and the ability to stand out when compared to someone else with the same skill set and experience. In this globalised world we are living in, being multilingual makes it easier for us to deal with clients from all over the world.

 
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4. Increase Brain Power

Not only does learning a new foreign language improve your brain’s functionality, but it does also improve your memory and attention span. It challenges your brain to recognise new language structures, familiarise with the vocabulary and rules, and thereafter communicate in different language systems. Moreover, becoming proficient in a new language boosts your ability to process information better.

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5. Improve First Language

Polyglots have a greater understanding of their first language. This is because through learning a new language, you will be exposed to a whole new language structure and subsequently draws your attention to the abstract rules of the language. You will then gain a new insight into your own native language which allows an overall better understanding and make you better at it.

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Justine Foong

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