If you already speak a second language, then this is not aimed at you. I am talking to all of the folks like me, English speakers who only speak English.
:::Guess what! I am a presenter in the this year’s Tapping World Summit!! Pretty awesome right? I will be sharing with you other speakers and what you can expect from this powerful virtual gathering of EFT Tapping teachers and masters.
Why Learning a Second Language Is Important
I speak exactly one and a quarter languages.
I say a quarter because with around 8 years of middle and high school Spanish, I still can barely carry on a conversation.
I was so embarrassed last year in France at my last Goddess Retreat that I only speak English. I meant to learn French, but didn’t make any real effort. And as we know “meant to” never works.
Well, that stops today for me — and maybe for you as well.
You may be on the fence about whether or not you should learn a new language.
On one hand, language learning is a challenge that may take some time to learn. On the other, speaking multiple languages will give you opportunities you didn’t have while making you sharper in the process.
The benefits outweigh the drawbacks — by far.
Here is why learning a new language matters:
1. New Languages Help You Make New Friends in New Places
Bilingualism opens up doors that aren’t available for the average tourist because it can help you make connections with people in foreign countries and allow you to travel abroad more comfortably. Traveling to new countries won’t be as intimidating as they would be if you only knew one language.
Making new friends in these countries can even help you hone your learned language skills! Friends can gently correct you and broaden your vocabulary, especially when it comes to conversational slang terms your books may not teach you. So don’t be intimidated when talking to native speakers of the language you’re learning!
2. New Languages Broaden Your Business & Job Prospects
Since bilingualism allows you to connect with a wider array of people, it looks good on a resume and can even help you land a job! Your networking opportunities will grow, too!
Learning a new language can strengthen your resume and set you apart from other candidates for any position. Companies are always looking for people who can speak more than one language so the company can connect with a wider audience.
Learn how to best showcase your language skills by checking out some resume templates.
3. Learning a New Language Keeps Your Brain Sharp
Learning a new language is a fun challenge that keeps your brain active and can actually alter its structure. The way the brain changes as you learn a new language can keep your brain young and lead to several other mental benefits.
Among the benefits of learning new languages are improved memory, better decision-making skills, better ability to multitask, and a delayed onset of dementia. These cognitive advantages occur because you’re giving your brain a workout.
4. Surprisingly – Learning New Languages Actually Improves Your First Language
The benefits of learning a new language include strengthening your understanding of your native language. As you learn the ins and outs of the second language, you can better understand the intricacies of your native language, like conjugations and sentence structure.
Learning a new language can also improve your vocabulary.
Why Learning a New Language is Important for Broadening Your Horizons
Now that you know why learning, a new language is important; it’s time to pick a language you’ll be passionate about! If you can, download an ap like DuoLingo or take a class to get a more well rounded language learning experience from a person who speaks the language fluently.
Your future is about to get a little more bilingual — and hopefully international!