There is no good reason for anyone, regardless of age or occupation, to go through their lives without ever learning a different language other than their native one. It will be harder to find a reason to not learn one, than finding many reasons for why it’s something good for you. What it can do to your own persona, as well as what it can do to your career, are huge benefits to take advantage of.
Here are some reasons why you should learn a new language:
Open your World to New Job Opportunities
Nowadays, when someone is looking for a new job, you will find that prospective employees have a higher and better chance to be hired if they have knowledge of a language other than their own. The reasons for that are pretty obvious: the world is changing. The countries in the world that deal in business are no longer living in isolation. These countries deal in business by networking and connecting with other countries; countries we may add, that may speak completely different language. Companies want to strengthen their hiring practices by bringing people with multiple language knowledge, so it will be highly beneficial for your future career prospects to know an extra language or two. The doors it opens are significant enough for you to ignore that.
Give a Mental Boost to Your Brain
Just like knowing a new language can be of great benefit to your career, so can it be a great benefit to your own self, particularly your brain. The way learning a new language can help your mind, especially the way it can help with the way you do your thought process, can be something of great benefit to yourself. By learning a new language, it can help with memory improvement, it can help you with your attention span and it can help reduce risk of age-related cognitive decline.
Become more aware of your culture and others
One great advantage of being in the process of learning a language is how it heightens your cultural sensitivities not only of other cultures, but your own. Learning a language can be of great benefit to serve as a door to a different culture, making you better understand a different society from yours. Once you start understanding a different society, you can start looking at your own culture with a refreshed perspective, where you can get now an outsider’s perspective on your own culture and notice what works and what doesn’t. Understanding cultures with a heightened sense of cultural sensitivity can enrich your knowledge of everything around you.
At C3S, we understand the value of learning a different language, and encourage our students to make sure they learn one to better strengthen their chances in the eyes of employers, as well as enrich their own life with the knowledge that comes with it.