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.
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.