12 Reasons to study Foreign Languages

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    1. Multiply your Chances of Being Hired:

      A foreign language is your passport for a good job. It is the best way to differentiate yourself. All companies now need people who can communicate with foreign clients.

    2. Get a Promotion:

      The advantages of being multilingual do not stop once hired. The language barrier is the number one reason to forbid companies to get business abroad. Managers who can close deals abroad are more precious today than ever.

    3. Higher Salaries:

      “The more you learn, the more you earn” says Warren Buffet. Researches from Wharton found that studying a second language means about 2% increase on average.

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    4. Discover the World:

      “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart” explained Nelson Mandela.

      Even a rough knowledge of a foreign language opens new opportunities when you travel. Albert Costa, a University researcher from Spain explains, “Bilinguals have to switch languages quite often… It requires keeping track of changes around you in the same way that we monitor our surroundings when driving.” This is exactly the sort of skill you need when you travel abroad.

    5. Learning Languages is Good for your Brain:

      Learning a new language is a great workout for your brain.  This results in a better memory, better ability to multitask, improved decision-making capabilities.

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    6. Increase your Focus:

      People who speak several foreign languages are better at focusing, according to a study from the journal of Brain and Language. Multilinguals are better at filtering out competing words. And this explains why they can focus better.

    7. Prevents Brain Diseases:

      Studying a new language prevents or delays Alzheimer’s disease, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Speaking several languages increases the number of neural trails in the brain.  This allows information to use a greater number of channels.

    8. Improve your Math Skills:

      “Children who study a foreign language, even when this second language study takes time away from the study of mathematics, outperform students who do not and have more mathematical instruction” has discovered the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

      The University of Michigan’s Language Learning journal showed that students who have learnt one semester a foreign language, 90 minutes per week, scored higher in maths.

    9. Learn Faster:

      Massachusetts Researchers proved that “exercise in cognitive problem solving” through language learning can be directly applied to anything we want to learn. Your memory is improved. You significantly shorten your learning curve.

    10. Become More Outgoing and Loved:

      Language learning also means discovering new cultures. You meet foreign people. You study with native teachers.

      Speaking with other people makes you more confident. You become more outgoing and sociable when practicing a foreign language.

      Most significantly, this helps you understand others and develop empathy.

    11. Be More Creative:

      When learning a foreign language, we need to think of different unusual words. We puzzle together words to build phrases. This process improves our divergent intellectual capacities. We get to think of multiple solutions. This “out of the box” approach makes multilinguals more creative.

    12. Boosts Confidence:

      When you achieve new skills, your confidence is boosted. This is the real power of learning.

      Discussing with native speakers can significantly make you more confident. This skill learning process can be applied to any goal you want to achieve.

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Renaud Duval

Renaud is a Language specialist at www.educamia.org

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