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Regardless of the reason, learning a new language presents its challenges. Along with the challenges, it has its perks too. Some are obvious. Being able to order a coffee at café au lait while you are on your vacation in Paris, or asking for directions to Sergels Torg in Stockholm without being lost and ending up at the ABBA Museum.
Here, we’ll give you 6 benefits of learning a new language that can definitely boost your learning motivation!
1. You become smarter
Picking up a new language can be challenging but it is definitely rewarding. Studies have shown that speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems.
2. Your memory improves
Our brain is like a muscle. The more we exercise it, the better it functions. Part of learning a new language involves memorizing vocabulary and grammatical rules. These exercises actually help strengthen and train the brain which in turn improves the memory.
3. You become more perceptive
A study that was conducted in Spain at the University of Pompeu Fabra, showed that multilingual people were better at editing out irrelevant information. Additionally, they were more skilled at spotting misleading information.
4. Your first language is improved
Languages differ in structure, grammar, sentence construction, idioms etc. Learning the mechanics of a new language aside from your first language often means that you become more aware of your first language.
5. It’s really good for your career
Today, in our globalized world, knowing another language has almost become essential. A multilingual ability gives a competitive edge over other candidates when applying for a job or a desired promotion. Learning a foreign language can give your career a real boost, and help you to break cross cultural barriers.
Juggling between two or more languages will actually improve your multitasking abilities. Who wouldn’t want that?!