5 Reasons To Learn A New Language

Languages fascinate me over and over again. I speak three foreign languages by now and I don’t regret having learned them. Yet I can’t get enough of languages and I think that I won’t be satisfied with the languages I am speaking now. I am interested in learning new ones. Here are 5 reasons why you should learn a new language!

1) Discovering a new culture

There are many ways to get to know another culture better. You can read about it, listen to music or even visit the country. Nevertheless I think that a very important thing is to learn the language. By doing that you get the ‘feeling’, do you know what I mean? When you begin to learn a new language, let’s say Japanese, you start to discover vocabulary and grammar, you learn about the pronunciation, … And you begin to discover the Japanese lifestyle. You suddenly understand the lyrics of Japonese songs. You are able to read Japanese articles on the internet. Learning a new language is the best access to a different culture.

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2) Communication and friends

Over seven billion people live on earth. There exist thousands of different languages, well known ones as well as almost unknown ones. The more languages you know the more people you can communicate with.

When you visit another country, it’s always better if you actually speak the language that the people speak there. It makes you more independent and it’s easier to find friends. By the way, having Japanese friends is very good if you want to learn Japanese. Besides, meeting people from different nationalities is always a great adventure!

 

3) The brain

Did you actually know that people who speak more than one language have a lower risk of dementia? Think of the brain as a muscle. The more you train, the more synapses arise. I would say learning a new language makes you smarter.

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4) Application

At school I only learned two foreign languages but I wanted to learn a third so I began to teach myself Spanish. When I recently applied for a volunteer year in the United States, I was so glad that I could name three foreign langugages when I was asked which languages I speak.

No matter for what you are applying, if your application says that you know another foreign language, it will impress the boss. You know why? Learning a new language is a hard thing to do. It takes time and a lot of patience. Your perhaps new boss will see that you are willing to learn new things and besides, patience and endurance are features every boss loves to see. You might get your preferred job by that!

5) It makes you happy

Yes, it is hard to learn a new language. You study, but maybe you don’t understand the difficult grammar, you can’t remember the vocabulary you learned yesterday, you don’t know how to pronounce a word …

But once you get it, it might seem like a little step but for you it’s a big success. It’s the moment when you realise how beautiful that language actually is and that it’s all worth it. That’s when you don’t care about those hard study lessons, you just smile because you know that learning a new language makes your life brighter and yourself happier! And if you could decide you would all do it again!

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Annemarie Schmidt is a 17-year-old from a small village in Germany. Right now she is in the last year of high school, after which she will do a year of volunteering in the United States of America. If you´d like to connect with her on Facebook, feel free to do so.

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