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Why you should really learn a foreign language
To have another language is to possess another soul. – Charlemagne
Charlemagne’s words are as true today as they were when he uttered them. Language is communication and “having another soul” allows us to expand our possibilities.
Top 4 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language
In today’s increasingly interconnected world, languages are also a crucial skill to engage in the world. Though there are many reasons to learn a foreign language, but here we have selected those we see as most important:
1. Train your Brain!
Learning a new language is great practice for your brain! Many studies show that it has numerous related benefits: language learning improves memory, your ability to multitask and it also enhances concentration. As a result, studying a new language actually helps you improve your daily life activities. In addition, another great benefit for your brain is that it also enhances creativity and flexibility!
Speaking a foreign language can help you connect with people as you travel. This can help you meet new people but, more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to have a truly authentic experience, outside of a tourist environment. While speaking the local language of the visiting country, you are more likely to talk to locals and get tips on what is truly worth visiting. Another big advantage of speaking a foreign language is that it helps you deepen your connection to other cultures. Learning about the values and therefore the customs of a culture, is a lot easier if you speak the language.
In today’s world, competition is tough: hundreds of candidates often compete for a single job. Because of this, employers need to prioritize skills; and one of them is definitely language skills. Speaking more than one language often helps you distinguish yourself from the others. And not only might it help you get the job you want, a second language can also help you do the job better. Whatever field you are in, if you work for a multinational company, a second language can help you communicate with global offices and help you grow within the company. Often it can also help you network and meet new people to broaden your horizons!
4. Build Self-Confidence
Learning a second language can boost your self-confidence for many reasons. The first and most important being that if you want to improve your ability, you must talk to new people. Initially, this might be challenging but your overall experience helps you be more confident in speaking to others. Another reason for this confidence boost is the way you learn to express your opinions. This confidence often develops also in your native language and helps you be more decisive!
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So, what are you waiting for?
Now is the time to start learning a new language and reap the benefits of expanding your knowledge and skills!
ILS International Language School offers personalized online courses in all European languages, such as English, Italian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, as well as courses in non-European languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.
Contact us today to have a free test in your chosen foreign language and get all the information you need to start learning!