With over 7000 languages that the world offers, learning a foreign language is a task that takes consistent effort and time. Fluency in a foreign language provides many benefits and opens up numerous avenues to an individual.
Foreign Language for Schooling Abroad
Going to foreign universities with an attractive world ranking in the department of your choice means learning the language of the country you will be studying in. Courses are popularly delivered in English, German and Mandarin among other languages depending upon the location of the university. You can have the best experience of studying in a world class university only by understanding and conversing in the dominant language of the place!
Fuller Job Prospects
Working in a multinational company, or a recent start up, fluency in a foreign language is an asset one looks for in a prospective employee for the following reasons-
-Interaction with foreign clients on for business expansion
-communication on overseas project
-bridging the cultural gap between people coming from different countries.
-work as an interpreter/translator.
Such jobs and positions offer better perks and pay, all thanks to the competitive edge due to fluency in a second language. This is no doubt an eye catcher in resumes.
Working your brain muscles to learn a new language has many health benefits. Authentic research studies depict a delay in the onset of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's in people well versed in multiple languages when compared to people who are not.
Naturally, going out of your comfort zone to learn a new language opens up neural path ways, making your smarter. It helps you in monitoring changes in the environment and reduces biasing in decision making.
Better understanding of the first language
Learning a second language helps us revisit the grammatical rules and vocabulary of the first. This insight gives us a better understanding of our first language. It also improves our ability to analyze and interpret information, strengthening one's mathematics skills.
Better understanding of the world
Often times, key information is lost in translation. A piece of news coming from a foreign country can be understood without the prejudice of the perspective of your native country, if you are able to understand it in the language it was originally distributed in. The same is observed in cases of research papers, music, culinary and political works, literature, movies and even in actual conversations with people of different origins.
Travel & experience new cultures
A new world of connections, values, stories and perspective opens up when you learn a new language. When you're traveling, you are able to absorb new cultures easily as you are better equipped being familiar with the local language. It is easy for people to trust you if you can communicate with them effectively.
After all, adding rich experiences to your memory only helps you evolve into a more mature and wise person. Hence, the edge that becomes your tool of aid at home and in the workplace.