Why is it important to learn a new language

Why is it important to learn a new language

  • Bharat Sharma
  • 06/01/2018

Rightly said by Aristotle, "Man is by nature a social animal". He loves communicating, expressing, conveying his thoughts and ideas which bit by bit helps him grow. Later, it helps him building a society and improving it for the betterment of mankind.
But there has to be a mode of communication by which he is able to do so. Don't you think? A certain set of rules, dialects, words, syntaxes or well a language to be precise which consists of all of the above. Talking of our country, we all know India, apart from being multicultural is multilingual as well with over 22 major languages spoken across.



Now every school do teach Hindi as it is our national language and includes English courses as well because it is spoken by almost everybody abroad and in India too. But then in the recent times there has been a need to learn a new language. A foreign language perhaps. Be it Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese or Japanese. Why?

1. Because we are growing.
Industries like IT, media, research, medicine are growing...growing beyond our imagination. We have crossed borders and reached new heights in all aspects. Our country has made sure it matches every level of expectations and challenges we face from abroad.

2. You become a valuable asset in the foreign market
Most of the schools and colleges have made it compulsory to include a foreign language in their curriculum and we give a thumbs up to the education department for doing so. While preparing our resumes also, mostly all of us must have mentioned in our curriculum vitae about the number languages known.
Have you ever wondered why does it need a mention? Potential employers consider this as valuable asset in the employee's skill set. It showcases you are open to learn new things and have positive attitude towards acquiring new skills.

3. Makes you feel confident
Just think of yourself giving a presentation to delegates from France. Now if the presentation is good, they will be impressed, but you would need a translator or an interpreter. Now imagine if you speak French, don't you think the impression will be just doubled? You'll feel more confident explaining them. That will surely set your bars high and results also.

4. Opens doors to several job opportunities abroad paying handsome amount of money
I remember a quote by Frank Smith, "One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." With the increase in your market value, you can also easily gain insights about the cultural diversity of a completely different country. Results? Job opportunities showering on you.
Since you develop a better understanding about their people, their place, their work culture, the chances of acquiring a job or working in a foreign terrain obviously rises. You can step into sectors of government, law, engineering, media, philosophy, business, medicine, marketing, foreign trade or military, etc.

5. A plus point for travel-maniacs!
"To have another language is to possess a second soul." -Charlemagne
For all wanderlust & travelholics, knowing a foreign language is an add on during their travelling as it ease communication and breaks the barrier between people thus making the trip a pleasant and interesting one.

6. A little brain exercise is also important
Just like your body, your brain also needs exercise everyday. Memorising new words not just adds to your vocabulary but also lets your brain work out. A new language has new set of rules, syntaxes and grammar. Studies have shown bilinguals are good at remembering lists, sequences, directions, etc.

Psychologists say that learning a new language enhances creativity, helps you think both logically and rationally, improves memory and boosts your problem solving skills. I hope all GRE and SAT enthusiasts are reading this! Yes, it is true, grasping a new speech will amplify your analytical skills too.

7. A different language equals different vision
Not just these, it also helps us becoming more flexible. Undoubtedly, multilingual people will always have an edge over monolingual folks. Intolerance and the act of being judgemental (which prevails everywhere today) towards people of other countries tend to reduce. How? Simple. You become more tolerant. The preconceived notions are likely to change thus bringing a positive attitude towards other people with the study of a foreign language.
Well, an Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein has rightly said "The limits of your language are the limits of your world." We totally agree with you Sir! Without a doubt, at both personal and professional end one must learn at least one second language.

Today with the advancement in technology, you do not necessarily need to go to language classes to become proficient. A number of foreign language courses are available online. Language learner apps and tutorials are also available. Although there a lot of English courses but do check out some interesting foreign language courses too.

You should always strive for excellence and that will happen by learning a bit everyday. So what are you waiting for? Go and learn French or learn German. You can also try learning Spanish or Italian.
Nos Vemos (P.s it's Spanish..I did take some spanish lessons during my college tenure!)


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