There are so many reasons to learn a language – Hutong School has made it so much easier by compiling these 8 surprising reasons that will leave you asking why you haven’t already started learning a new language!
1# Increase Your Brain Power
Studies show that learning another language can increase brain power.
So not only are you going to open up a world of opportunities by learning a new language – you’ll actually come off smarter as a result of it!
2# Enhance multi-tasking
If you’ve ever struggled with walking and talking or any other of the taxing day to day activities we battle with on a regular basis, learning a new language could be the answer.
Multilingual people are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. This “juggling” skill makes them good multi-taskers, because they can easily switch between different structures.
3# Help Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but recent studies are showing that bilingual people do not suffer from the disease the same way monolingual people do.
In bilingual people, the onset of the disease happens much later, and although they have similar physical symptoms, their mental acuity remains better, longer.
4# Travel to the Fullest
When you lack the ability to communicate in the native language, you can’t fully participate in day-to-day life, understand the culture, or communicate with the people. The language barrier can be anywhere from frustrating to downright dangerous.
5# Become More Perceptive
Multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. They are more adept at focusing on relevant information and editing out the irrelevant. They’re also better at spotting misleading information.
6# Improve Your Decision Making Skills
According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions..
Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.
7# Improve Your Native Tongue
Learning a foreign language helps you understand your own language and culture better through comparison, or through the relationship between the foreign language and your mother tongue.
8# Develop Your Own Secret Communication
Having to talk about people behind their back all the time can be a drag. If you and some of your relatives, friends or colleagues speak a language that few people understand, you can talk freely in public without fear of anyone eavesdropping.
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