If you are the kind of person who pursues daily growth opportunities, language learning is definitely for you because of the infinite number of benefits that you can gain from it.

Today, I want to share with you a few examples that have had a huge impact on my life, making it full of discoveries and surrounding me with amazing people.

Here are my top 5 reasons why language learning makes you better:

1. A better understanding of the world we live in

Language learning is not just about memorizing words and grammar rules, it’s about discovering new cultures. While listening to music in your target language you understand the feelings behind the song.

While watching films you see people’s real lives. While reading literature in the original language you free yourself from any interpretation. Finally, while speaking with native speakers you confront any stereotypes about them.

All of these help you reach a deeper understanding. And, of course, the more languages you learn, the more cultures you discover and the more open-minded and curious you become.

2. Daily food for thought

In order to incorporate a language in your daily life, you need to use it. What I do is listen to podcasts every morning. Of course, I try to find topics I am interested in, otherwise, it’s challenging to want to listen to them every day.

In my case, the topics are usually about traveling, self-development, language learning, business, and technology. I almost never use my mother tongue for these purposes.

In such a way, I kill two birds at the same time: I learn a language and I acquire new knowledge. The necessity to maintain and improve languages makes me feed my brain with new information on a daily basis.

3. A good way to make your life more fun

The same goes for finding opportunities to practice languages by having fun. I guess I would never have started dancing salsa, if not for my passion for Spanish. I would never have discovered Italian and German pop music if not for my interest in those languages.

I would definitively never be enjoying humorous youtube channels in Spanish and French. Language learning is about the opportunity to learn new things and make your life fun.

4. Getting to know a lot of cool people

I always try to hang out with foreigners in my city and I do use Skype as much as I can. It is not only a great way to practice languages, but also to exchange ideas with people from all over the world.

You see the way they express themselves, you learn about their values and approach to life and you listen to their amazing stories. You break barriers and start thinking about how amazing and many-sided the world is.

It’s a priceless experience because you probably won’t find this kind of information in books or on TV. This approach of seizing every opportunity to speak with natives significantly improves your target language and as a result it makes you more communicative and positive.

5. The opportunity to move out of your comfort zone

While learning a foreign language you might face a lot of challenges. At the beginning, you may feel uncomfortable pronouncing strange sounds or using different intonation which also may sound strange in your native language.

I know that a lot of people don’t use Skype to practice languages because they are afraid of being judged since they don’t speak very well (that was my case some years ago) and so on.

Language learning is a great opportunity to overcome your fears and gain more confidence in yourself, which is a very important quality for people who want to achieve something great in their lives.

Conclusion

As you can see there are many benefits. You will acquire new qualities, meet new friends from all over the world and make your life meaningful. If you don’t know where to start, the next article is for you.

It is true that language learning is a huge investment of time, but I assure you that it will pay off twofold. So let’s become better, let’s learn a new language!

There are much more reasons to learn languages which I describe further on in this blog. If you have any thoughts on this topic or you want to share your experience, please leave a comment below.

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  • Congratulations, dear Artem!!! Your new blog is here and it looks am-az-ing!!! As you mention, moving out from our comfort zone is one of the top reasons to learn a new language. In my case, it helped me develop self-confidence and while learning a new language and noticing how my mastery grew, I found my passion 🙂 Scientists say that learning a new language help prevent Alzheimer, and some authors claim that we develop a new persona as we learn to use a language in communication, which can be beneficial for some learners — I think they are right, at least in my case! Other personal benefit I got was meeting you, which wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t love languages as I do 🙂

    Wish you the best with the new blog and hope to read you more often, it’s always a pleasure to do it. Greetings from northern Argentina!!!

    • Thank you, Emmanuel for keeping me super motivated to create new content 🙂 do you think it’s a good idea to translate articles into different European languages or English is enough?

      • Davide Gemello

        I, for one, would love being able to read them in russian 🙂

        • Ok, Davide! Будет сделано 😉

        • Although I do like the idea of reading the same article in as many languages as possible, I think it’ll take you a lot — a lot! of time and energy to translate every single article you write from now on. Perhaps you could choose one or two ‘official’ languages for the blog and translate the articles into them. It seems Davide is asking for more Russian, so if you find out what languages your readers are learning or eager to learn, that could give you a hint about what languages are the most popular among them. Did you consider the possiblity of making short videos and adding them subtitles? Or the same podcast but in different languages? I think that’d be faster than the written format.

          And remember, if you need any help with Spanish, I’m here for you 🙂

          • Yeah you are right, it’s very time consuming. I should think about it. I do plan to make videos and podcasts, by the way 😉