How to improve your life learning a new language
Some of you may have grown up in a bilingual environment and, fortunately, you can already enjoy some of the benefits of learning and using more than one language in everyday life. Others, may have started learning English at school or have only recently started studying English. The point is that the benefits of learning a new language go far beyond being able to communicate with people from other places and improve your CV, and today I bring you the 10 language learning benefits that I think are the most interesting and important:
Better memory, listening skills and verbal and non-verbal intelligence.
Learning a new language has undoubted benefits and among them is the significant improvement of concentrationand, consequently, of memory, both in the long and short term. In general, polyglots have a great ability to avoid distractions, which makes them much more attentive and active listeners and helps them develop much more developed and useful verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
Improved attention span
Recent studies have proved and shown that bilinguals tend to have better power of attention and focus, as well as faster reactions when trying to block out distractions. This event is probably caused by the need of the brain to switch between languages in people speaking more than one on a daily basis. This trait can be extremely beneficial for the person in many aspects of their life directly affecting positively your attention span and, therefore, your productivity and efficiency.
- It will help you maintain your knowledge and reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer
There is no doubt that learning other languages keeps our brains exercised and, therefore, helps to avoid certain problems that tend to appear with the course of time due to the deterioration of our brain cells. For this very reason, it has been shown that learning several languages and using them frequently actively helps to avoid problems such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, since we are keeping our brains active and functioning more extensively than if we did not.
Be better at multitasking
Anyone who speaks two or more languages eventually acquires the ability to switch from one to the other quickly and it is a skill that can be transferred to other day-to-day contexts. Being able to switch from one task to another effectively increases your multitasking efficiency and, therefore, takes your productivity to the highest level.
Your career and personal life:
Improve your career opportunities
Whether you are actively seeking employment or a change of position, or whether you are comfortable in your current job, learning a new language or improving your knowledge of a language you already know has many benefits in the employment context.
Learning a second or third language can be very beneficial for companies willing to hire you and can make you stand out from other candidates with similar characteristics to your own. In addition, this gives your future employers much more information than you think, as they will know that you are persevering, patient, hard-working and versatile.
Expand your friend circle and networking
If there is one thing that characterizes us as human beings, it is our ability to communicate and connect with others through languages. To be able to converse and share knowledge and experience with someone from the other side of the planet thanks to the knowledge of their language is simply wonderful.
This characteristic can also be taken to the workplace, where speaking several languages will break down many borders and expand your circle of connections with future clients or jobs.
Enjoy other cultures even more and in a deeper level
Related to the previous point, learning languages from other countries will open the door to new cultures, societies and points of view which you will be able to explore and live in a much more intense way. The connection you feel when traveling to places where a language you speak or study is spoken is incredible, and will make you enjoy the experience much more and will improve your level of tolerance, acceptance and empathy for cultures and societies different from your own.
Learning more languages will become easier and easier
In addition to the benefits of speaking and learning two or more languages, studies have shown that multilingual people tend to expand and improve their vocabulary in their native language and develop a greater ability to learn new languages in the future, making it easier and easier to start learning all those languages you’ve always wanted to speak.
You will learn how to prioritize, be consistent and how to manage time effectively
Learning a language is not something that happens overnight and you will need to be organized, motivated and often times, know how to prioritize in order to achieve your goals. This is why, after you start studying other languages you will see how, little by little, you will become a more organized and efficient person, not only in learning languages but in all aspects of your life.
You will become more confident and raise your aspirations in life
Learning a new language and, above all, putting it into practice, can often be frightening and fear makes us think that we will never achieve our goals, but that is not the case. Taking a risk means improvement and advancement and, over time, you will not only see your language skills improve, but your confidence will increase overall, making you become the best version of yourself and strive for everything.
However, if you are still afraid to use English, let me tell you that my practical classes based on conversation can be of great help, so that you can gradually realize what you already know and get the most out of it while improving it class after class.
As you can see, the benefits of learning languages go far beyond being able to communicate in several languages, as it has incredible brain, personal and social benefits. I really hope this article encourages you to start studying that language you have been wanting to start studying for so long or to continue improving the ones you have already started to learn.