There is currently so much fuss about foreign languages and what it adds to our currently adopted lingua franca. It seems like a never ending question- why learn a foreign language? Why become bi or multilingual?
We at Primal Tutor believe in “total education”, thus below are five reasons why you should consider learning a foreign language in addition to English. Here we go!
AN AVENUE TO EASILY MEET, CONNECT WITH NEW PEOPLE AND INCREASE YOUR NETWORK
One of the most phenomenal benefits of learning a foreign language is that doors are opened to you around the world, especially in countries where your newly learnt language is easily comprehended. This is because humans are generally said to be more receptive when you can relate to them in their mother tongue.
It is said that “your network determines your net worth”. By learning a foreign language, you would well be on your way to increasing your net worth.
EMPLOYERS LOVE IT ( AND THEY’LL LOVE YOU MORE)
If your resume accolades include fluency in a second language, your chances of employment in today’s economy (that is largely driven by knowledge) are much greater, compared to those who are fluent in only one language.
Why? Because you are of personal and professional value if you can communicate effectively with a broader range of clients. This rare ability also conveys a message to your potential employers that you are self-motivated and driven to learn new skills, which eventually affords you less time on the career ladder.
ITS GREAT FOR TRAVELLING AND EXPOSURE
Okay if you are a travelling geek, and have a knack for visiting new places, then being bilingual or multilingual is not negotiable.
Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said “the limits of your language are the limits of your world”, and he was right.
Knowing more than one language opens up your vacation destination possibilities, as travelling through a foreign country becomes much easier if you can relate to them in their language.
AFTER LEARNING ONE, IT’S PRETTY MUCH EASIER TO LEARN ANOTHER.
The above is a proven fact that as you begin to learn a second language, you will find that the acquisition techniques can be applied to learning other languages as well.
This implies that, once you are bilingual, being multilingual becomes a lot easier.
IT BOOSTS YOUR SMARTNESS AND CREATIVITY
Acquiring a second language improves your memory and increases your attention span. You develop that uncanny ability to toggle from one language to another, which in turn, greatly affects your reasoning, problem solving skills and multitasking abilities.
It improves your skills in divergent thinking, otherwise known as creative thinking, which is your ability to identify multiple solutions to a single problem.
The interesting end result to all these is that as a bi or multilingual individual, you begin to discover an improvement in your self-worth and confidence. You can also try some apps to enhance your learning
So go ahead. And learn that new skill.
Composed by: Gift Menyaga
For: Primal Tutor Abuja