If you’re a native speaker of English then you can speak the language of approximately 400 million people. If you learn Spanish, which is the second most spoken language in the world, then you can add another 500 million to that. Isn’t it amazing to be able to speak to 12.5% of the global population?
When you learn a new language, it’s not all about grammar and vocabulary, you discover a new world, a new culture. It allows you to construct a different life, one where you become the superstar of the world just because you are the one that can relate to so many people. And that is a great feeling.
Here you have four benefits of speaking a second language.
1. Being bilingual offers you more job opportunities
Do you want to work in an international company
? Do you want to travel the world at the same time? Well, you could do both if you are able to speak two or more languages. Along with your specialisation, being able to speak different languages offers you so many work opportunities that you haven’t thought about before. Employers would not spend training money on someone else, if they already have a person speaking the required language in the company. And if that is you, guess who will be chosen for business trips? Or have you ever wanted to do something that is only possible in certain countries? Learn the language and apply for a work and travel and take that opportunity.
2. You are the friend of the world
Learning a new language implies that you actually have to speak it. And since your friends might not be able to have a conversation with you in your newly found passion, then you have to turn to other people who speak your language. This ‘forces’ you in a way to expand your circle of friends and network
with people across the world. Being connected with people across the globe can help you understand how big and diverse our Earth is and you could also tick ‘global awareness’ as a skill in your CV. Also, knowing that you have friends in different countries can encourage you to travel more.
3. Travelling is awesome
This continues my previous point—friends across the world leads to travelling to see them. Travelling is not just about sightseeing and partying in different places, but it is also about constructing that global awareness, understanding cultural diversity and integrating with different people. Sure, you can go see the Taj Mahal in India or Cristo Redentor in Brazil, but how awesome would it be if you could work as a guide there? Yes, work and travel is a real thing and the main requirement is for you to know the language of the place you are going.
4. Better memory and a healthy brain
Science says that people who talk in another language than their own start thinking in that language. When you change language it is as if you are slightly changing your personality. For some people this might take a while to get used to, but you will find that switching languages can also help you think faster. Spooky as it sounds, I believe it to be true. But the toughest part is when you have to change between two (or more) languages in an instant. (Interpreters need to be able to do that without mixing words.) Bet you are going to mix some words in the beginning, but once you master this art, you will see that your brain can start making fast connections not just between languages, but also between other things. That is, you could start learning things a bit faster than you used to.