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Why learn foreign languages?

08 December 2020
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The Internet plays a huge role in the modern world it is thanks to the Internet that we open up to the world. Therefore, knowledge of foreign languages, although always valuable, is even more important today. And there are really many benefits of learning them. We will present 10 of them

10 reasons why it is worth learning a foreign language

1. Career development

Knowledge of foreign languages increases your chances of finding a better job, getting a promotion or taking part in a business trip abroad. This skill is also useful if you plan to work abroad, where working conditions are often more attractive

A CV is also more impressive to an employer if it includes knowledge of at least C1 level of foreign languages. It is estimated that more than half of companies that are looking for employees consider only those candidates who have language skills at a high level.

If the job requires regular contact with foreign contractors, the person in such a position absolutely must speak a foreign language fluently

2. Something for yourself

Learning foreign languages is a great way to improve yourself – it opens your mind and broadens your horizons. Learning foreign languages, according to scientists, has a great impact on the development of the gray matter in the brain. In practice, this means that polyglots simply… think faster. They also have better memory and concentration.

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Studies have also shown that people who are fluent in at least two foreign languages are more likely to make accurate decisions, be more perceptive and aware of their surroundings. The ability to speak at least two foreign languages develops creative and analytical thinking.

Finally, a person who knows foreign languages is more likely to self-improve, e.g. by reading publications in the original language (especially when it comes to English)

3. Travel

It is commonly known that traveling abroad educates, and when you know the languages, traveling becomes easier – there is no problem with communication. Then you can easily ask for directions, buy food or even talk to the locals, who will always tell you whereyou should go.

Languages also mean saving money. You are no longer forced to use a travel agency or other companies: you can go on a trip abroad on your own and thus for less money

4. Learning and access to knowledge

Being fluent in foreign languages gives you wider access to knowledge in an interesting field, e.g. by consulting students or experts from another country. Many interesting books, blogs or podcasts are available only in the native language of their authors and are not translated into Polish

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Perhaps that is why students who are fluent in at least two foreign languages – as research indicates – score much better on their exams

5. Culture and art

It’s much better to read literary works in the original! Even the best translation can never fully convey the atmosphere of a work. There are nuances in every language that are difficult to translate. It is the same with films and songs.

Language is always connected to the culture of a country. Once you know the language sufficiently, it becomes easier to understand the people of the country and their mentality

6. Relationships with other people

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Knowing foreign languages helps you make contacts and build relationships (both business and private) with other people. Communicating in the same language brings people closer to each other and makes communication easier. It is also at the same time the best practice and opportunity to improve your linguistic skills

7. Better understanding of your mother tongue

The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, author of “Faust” and “The sufferings of young Werther” once wrote that “he who does not know foreign languages knows nothing about his own (…)”. It’s true: with knowledge of foreign languages you can learn more about the grammar and intricacies of your mother tongue, e.g. by looking up proper equivalents for foreign words

8. Increased self-confidence

Communicating in a foreign language increases self-esteem and self-confidence. Speaking another language correctly allows you to overcome your own fears and step outside your comfort zone. Additionally, you become a more independent person.

9. Better earnings

Financial motivation is for many people the only incentive to learn foreign languages. Of course, passion and a genuine interest in a particular country definitely help in learning, but the numbers speak for themselves. Statistics show that people who are fluent in foreign languages earn 20-40% more than those who are not.

10. A challenge for ambitious people

For ambitious people learning foreign languages can be an interesting challenge which requires effort and time. Especially if you want to learn a difficult language, such as Chinese or Korean. Joining the small group of people fluent in more than a dozen languages can also become an ambitious goal.

There is no doubt that learning foreign languages is always a good investment in your own future.

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