Is learning a foreign language a must?
During the modern age, with globalization at its height, knowing one or two secondary languages has become more than a simple feat of high class and intelligence. It is also a strict requirement on many occasions. Whether it’s for professional, social, or personal reasons, learning a foreign language is a must for anyone who wants to keep his or her head up high in today’s society. Let go through some reasons that might motivate you to learn a foreign language.
Learning a foreign language gives:
Learning a foreign language is one of the highest intellectual goals that one could have, on a personal scale. Think about a difficult puzzle or math problem that takes months if not years of constant studying to solve. The process of solving it may be hard, but the yell of joy at the end is well worth it. It’s the same case with learning a foreign language. The learning process is not easy and you’ll have many small issues and problems to tackle along the way. You’ll have to focus on various aspects of the problem, such as spelling, grammar, reading, pronunciation, and so forth. If you keep the problem in sight however and if you don’t lose interest in it, the chances of solving it are extremely high. Be sure the intellectual fulfillment that you get at the end is incomparable to anything else.
Scientists have proven that the process of learning a new language, stimulates your brain in such a way that it will make you keener on understanding and learning other subjects, including “real” disciplines such as math, physics, chemistry, and so forth. Learning a new language requires memorizing and understanding several thousand new words and concepts. This offers your brain good training for future occasions where memorizing is a must. After learning a foreign language you’ll have better results with studying for exams. You will keep your mind healthy and active even at older ages.
It’s often the case where a couple formed out of persons of diverse nationalities understand each other through a commonly known international language such as English. However, they’ll soon want to start learning the other person’s mother tongue for better communication. But also out of respect for them.
Yes, knowing a foreign language (or more) is definitely a social bonus. There’s a difference between being presented as someone that doesn’t know any foreign language against being presented as a polyglot. Another case when knowing a foreign language can be literally a social blessing. Especially when meeting a foreigner whose language you can speak. You will extremely impress them with your ability to talk with them through their own native tongue. This fact can single-handedly create a great impression around you. If the foreigner happens to be part of a business meeting, this impression can turn into a successful business partnership. This will bring you both professional and social satisfaction.
This is probably the main reason for which one would be motivated to learning a foreign language. Many professions require the knowledge of at least one or two foreign languages, depending on the field of the job. Most jobs may ask that you know an international language such as English, French, Spanish, or German. Or know a business-specific language such as Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and so forth. If you’re a native English speaker you may have it a bit easier, since English is the main international language. But knowing a secondary might also prove vital.
We know the fact that by learning a new foreign language, we are acquainting with a new culture. So this is a way to become more intelligent and get to know more interesting facts about other societies. This may be a poser if you don’t have an interest in learning about new cultures. But still, if to get a closer look at the problem, you may find more reasons to do it. For example, you travel abroad, let’s say to Paris, and you don’t speak French. You can’t expect every Frenchman to know English; you’ll for sure meet a person that is not familiar with it. Communication with the native-speaker may be a plus. A visit to a foreign country will bring you not only practice but joy and pleasure.
Some people earn pretty good money translating different books and articles into their native language. If your company involves in international affairs, you must know at least the basics of the language of your partner. This will create a common ground with your foreign co-workers.
But without rush!
But before doing all the above-mentioned, you are to consider, what language you are going to learn. If you passionately want to learn a language but not use it in practice, don’t start it. An easy question may turn out to be difficult.
So good luck in your future studies!