Learning a new language isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it isn’t that hard either. Discovering a new culture is an enriching experience, and learning a foreign language is just the first step. For more reasons to learn a new language, read on …
1. Discovering A New Culture
When you learn a new language, it also opens you up to a side of that culture you’d never have experienced otherwise. For example, if you learned how to speak and read Japanese, you could browse websites, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read books and do many other things with that language. It exposes you to another part of the world you’d never known.
2. Travelling Is Easier (and a lot more fun)
Most people can get by in a foreign country by carrying around a phrasebook and sticking to the populated, well-known tourist areas (where someone is bound to know English). But what if you want to go off the well-beaten tourist track and explore somewhere new? When you learn a new language, you can travel a lot easier. You won’t have to worry about carrying around a phrasebook or asking every person on the street if they can speak English. Besides, even if your language skills are a little rusty, foreigners will appreciate you at least trying to speak their language. By learning French, for example, you can speak to around 220 million new people!
3. It’s Great For Your Brain
Learning anything new is great for your brain, and learning a new language is no different. By learning you’re exercising your brain, and so you’ll be better at memorising and mental exercises.
4. It’ll Make Your First Language Better
Learning a new language makes you pay attention to grammar, patterns, sentence structure and simply the way words go together, which will also improve your first language. Since we speak our first language so naturally, we don’t tend to pay attention to how the words and sentences are actually set out, or how the grammar works. But by learning a new language, it forces us to pay more attention to how we speak and read in all our languages, which improves our skills.
5. Because It’s a Lot of Fun (if you do it right)
Learning a new language doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s great for your brain, for meeting new people, and for discovering a whole new culture you could never have known otherwise. You just need to find what motivates you. Do you want to live overseas someday? Love watching anime? Love listening to French music? Need to learn it for your dream job? Find what motivates you to do it and do it. Good luck!