Importance of Foreign Languages
Why should I learn a foreign language? After all the whole world speaks English. There may be some truth in this argument, but only a little bit. In truth only 5.6% of the worlds total population speak English as their first language. So what are the benefits of learning a foreign language?
Firstly learning a new language enables you to discover a new culture. Its not just about learning a huge list of vocabulary, it is also about learning how differently other people in the world live their lives, kind of like a buy one get one free offer on learning. This can be quite interesting, especially if you plan on doing a lot of travelling.
Learning a foreign language can also benefit your future. It may seem a little bit early to be thinking about that but the choices you make now will have some effect later in your life. Learning a foreign language can enable you to study abroad and it can also enable you to get a better, higher paid job. Having knowledge of a forgein language on you CV is attractive to employers and makes you stand out from the crowd. It has been proven that people who have an extra language earn on average an extra £3000 a year. How could anyone dream of turning that chance down?
Sometimes learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language and culture better through comparison. Many English words are derived from other languages so you may even learning something new about English in the process.
If you are determined to stay young and carefree forever, learning a new language has been proven to keep your mind healthy as it delays the onset of dementia.
For socialites, learning a foreign language can be beneficial because it enables them to meet many new people from all over the world.
For some people, none of the above reasons apply to them. Some people just enjoy challenging themselves and learning a new language is the perfect way to do this. It’s challenging but not impossible.
So whatever your reason is, why not try learning a foreign language. You never know, you might just enjoy it!