The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

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With so many advantages, it’s no surprise most people around the world know more than one language.

Knowing one language is nice, as it is a way to communicate with others who also know the language. However, learning and knowing more than one language is extremely beneficial to people and those around them. In the cases of cognition, traveling, and connecting, knowing multiple languages is very useful. 

One positive that comes with learning a new language is that it sharpens the brain. Studies have shown that multilingual people are more focused than those who only speak one language. They are able to block out distractions since they constantly have to switch from one language to another, therefore enhancing their concentration and attention spans. Learning another language also strengthens the brain. Remembering new words or signs, patterns, and phrases requires the brain to work hard, and it becomes stronger and healthier. With a healthy brain, it is less likely or will delay one’s suffering from memory loss diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. A quicker and stronger brain can result from learning a new language.         

If one wants to travel to another country, it would be considerate to learn some basic phrases and words of the country’s dominant language. Communicating with locals would be a lot easier if both the visitor and the locals were able to speak the same language. Even if a person isn’t fluent in the language, it could be helpful to learn some simple phrases that would be used daily, such as saying “thank you” to the cashier in the souvenir shop, “sorry” to the person who they accidentally bumped into, or “I don’t understand” to a stranger who walked up and assumed that they could speak the language. This would make the travelers happy, content, and proud because of successfully communicating with the locals. 

Learning a different language allows one to communicate with more people as well. Not everyone speaks the same language; there are over 6,000 languages spoken today. One can already communicate with those who understand their first language, and when they learn a new one, the number of people they can communicate and connect with grows. Talking with people from different backgrounds can furthermore expand one’s knowledge of culture, society, and worldwide problems. Learning another language comes with valuable education, one that opens eyes to more of the world.      

Though learning a new language might be difficult, it is rewarding. One is able to think quicker, concentrate better, and connect with more people than they could before. There are many apps, classes, and tutors available for anyone to try to learn. It is a great way to strengthen the brain and broaden opportunities.