7 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language
Learning a foreign language can be a great way to spend time as a family.
It’s absolutely more productive than watching television. Even if you have no interest in traveling abroad, knowing an additional language comes with so many benefits. You and your kids gain a new perspective on the world, challenge your brains, and create lasting memories.
With all the language programs available online, many of them for free, there’s no reason not to begin learning a new language today!
Learn a new language and take advantage of these benefits:
- International Travel Is Easier And More Enjoyable
While English can allow you guys to get by in many countries, that’s not true everywhere. Even countries with a reasonable number of English speakers can be more thoroughly enjoyed if you and your family can speak the native language. The local culture is more accessible to you all.
You and your children will feel more confident about getting on that plane in the first place. Even the simplest of activities, such as asking for directions or reading street signs, is a challenge if you all don’t speak the local language.
Your listening skills and memory are enhanced when you learn a foreign language. Learning a foreign vocabulary is a good workout for your mind. This will also make sure you and your kids listen intently to understand what is being said to you all. A foreign language stretches your brain as few other activities do.
- You’ll Develop A Marketable Skill
Many jobs require the knowledge of a foreign language. You’ll have something interesting to add to your resume and give your kids a VERY great head start.
- You’ll Discover An Appreciation For Other Cultures
Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone knew at least two languages and spent some time in another culture! You must be intentional in raising “culture vultures.” This strong sense of appreciation will develop naturally and give your children a diverse background; they otherwise may never get to receive.
- Make New Friends
You can significantly enhance your circle of international friends if you learn to speak another language. You’ll also afford the same opportunity for your children and one of the best gifts you can ever give! There are many websites dedicated to pen-pals, language pals, and traveling buddies. Your family can make friendships all over the world!
- You’ll Spend Less When You Travel Abroad
Tourist areas tend to have overpriced food and other items. These areas can be attractive to tourists because English is more accommodated there. But, because you all are practicing a language, you’ll be brave enough to get off the beaten path when you travel. Allowing you to pay more reasonable prices as a result.
You’ll also be able to haggle effectively. While haggling prices isn’t common in states, it is widely practiced and accepted in many other countries. And it’s hard to haggle if you can’t speak the language. (#truth)
- Boost Your Confidence And Self-Esteem
You can learn to do something that you might believe is beyond your reach. While some languages are especially challenging for native English speakers, millions of kids have learned to speak those languages. You and your family can, too!
- Your Brain Will Stay Healthier
Studies have shown that learning a foreign language can help to prevent, or at least slow the development of, various types of dementia. In studies, bilinguals have shown to have less dementia than those that only know a single language.
Several studies have demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning a second language. But, the benefits go far beyond just boosting and maintaining your brain health.
You and your kids get to make new friendships and greatly enhance your traveling experiences. You can save money while traveling. You’ll increase all of your self-esteem as well!
Take a look at the many free resources available online that I’ve listed above and begin your language study with your family. It’s never too late to start.