Learning a Language Will Make You a Better Person

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Learning a language is known to have many benefits, but did you know that it will make you a better person?

Keep these benefits in mind to keep you motivated during the journey.

Let’s start with…

1. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Relationships

The first reason for this is because most people today have friends, co-workers, customers, or even family members that speak another language as their native tongue. This is a massive transition from twenty to thirty years ago, where we didn’t live in as much of a multilingual world.

There’s no better way to improve a relationship with someone than to speak their language.

 

2. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Memory

Studies show that bilingual children have a better working memory than a child that can only speak one language. While most of the memory is developed when we’re young, adults can still reap the benefits that come with being bilingual.

3. Learning a Language Will Make You More Money

Learning a language has shown to add between 10–15% to your wage, according to language specialist recruitment agency, Euro London.

According to The Economist, these are the breakdowns by the most useful languages to learn for annual bonuses:

  • Spanish — 1.5 percent bonus
  • French — 2.3 percent bonus
  • German — 3.8 percent bonus

 

4. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Native Language

According to the Impact of the Second Language Education, learning how to speak a second language alone will significantly improve the grammar, reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills of your first language.

You can think of it as learning how to play baseball when you’ve been playing tennis your whole life. It’s a different sport, but the muscle coordination and athletic abilities directly translate to accelerate your learning curve.

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