Are you working in an MNC but still haven’t learned a new language? Or every time your German client says, “Wie geht es Ihnen?” (How are you?) to you, you don’t have an answer in reply but just a nod of your head and a smile on your face? If you are facing similar situations, then it is high time to take a step forward and learn a new language.
In today’s world, which is related and interdependent, proficiency in a new language(s) is an important skill to widen your career horizons to inexplicable limits. Whether you are looking for a new job or augmenting your prospects, learning a new language has the ability to open a new spectrum of opportunities. So, don’t just refer to the language dictionaries or maybe Google every time you face awkward situations, but get yourself enroled in a language course to avail the following benefits of learning a new language.
1. Improves your memory
Learning a new language is complex and requires a lot of mental efforts. It is a completely new system having different rules, history, and meaning which a learner has to understand. The structure of a new language is all about acquainting yourself with the new vocabulary and rules and applying them while communicating with others. It puts the brain of the learner at a task and improves his skills in reading, communicating, reasoning, and problem-solving.
2. Makes you good at multitasking
People with multilingual proficiency know the art of multitasking. The ability to easily shift from one language to another makes them more accustomed to juggling tasks. Although multitasking is a daunting task for the human brain, people who are very efficient with their multilingual skills are good at multitasking and problem-solving.
3. Promote cultural appreciation
While undergoing a new language course, you are also taught about the history of the place in which you are learning the language. It exposes you to its culture and how that language came into existence. Communicating in another language gives its learner an exposure to the religions, cultures, and traditions associated with that language. Once you learn a new language, it imbibes appreciation for its place of origin; encourages compassion, fortitude, and acceptance; and express a positive attitude towards the culture.
4. Encourages innovation
Learning a new language improves your ability to logically think about things and solve problems. By doing this, you can look out for different solutions to a single problem.
Learning a new language also paves the way in understanding the customs and traditions of a place. But a person should also remember that usage of the same words is different in different cultures. For instance, whistling at sports events in America is a sign of appreciation while in Italy, it is a sign of disapproval. A person can make innovative use of a language after considering the pros and cons associated with the customs of a place.
5. Connect with people
Connecting with people in their own languages makes you a local no matter where you stand. Learning a language is a wonderful gift that you can give yourself. It widens your social circle, both personally and professionally, helping you connect with the people in their very languages. So, next time, while selecting places for the job settlements, don’t just strike Paris or maybe Japan out of your list only because “How would you communicate and connect with the people without knowing their language?” Rather, go for a language course and say yes to a bright career.
6. Career growth
Having a knowledge of a new language can be a compelling benefit that separates you from your monolingual rivals. With the growing requirement of a new language as a separate skill for applying for jobs, the demand for the professional with bilingual abilities is rising tremendously. Whatever be your career ambition—with new language skills added to your profile, you are definitely ahead of the crowd!
7. Open up new places to explore
Planning your travel after learning a language of the place that you want to visit will definitely transform your trip. Bilinguals or multilingual enjoy the freedom to travel to many corners of the world without hesitation. They can easily maneuver outside the traveler’s bubble, and connect with the place and communicate with the people in a way that is out of reach of those without a language.
8. Elevates your confidence
As language has the potential to improve memory and problem-solving techniques, it increases the level of confidence of its learners. While learning a language, a person makes a lot of mistakes, but he should always remember, mistakes are a part of the learning process. He should not let his morale down after committing mistakes. Rather he should learn from them. It is all about venturing out of your comfort zone and conversing with people in their native languages.
9. Makes Your Decision-Making strong
The decision-making skill of a person undergoing a language course or has already learned a new language is much stronger than of a person who is monolingual. Apart from the basic learning structure, the language courses make the student of a language familiar with the situations in which they have to use their power of decision-making. He tries to deliberate on those situations in the concerned language without any biases as that language is not his mother tongue. This makes his decision wiser and discriminating.
10. Gain a new perspective
Learning a language instigates in us a feeling of deep diving of facts in its learner. When a person learns and explores a new language and culture, he/she tries to differentiate it from what he/she is most aware of. This process also makes a person much more familiar to both the negative and positive aspects of his/her own culture. This would either lead to an appreciation for one’s own culture or our belief would be shaken up.