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Why are languages ​​important: 11 reasons to learn a foreign language!


  • Learning a foreign language is time-consuming, But it is definitely worth it.
  • Reasons why you should learn foreign languages: More experience traveling, conversing with native speakers, good for your career, your brain stays healthy and on its toes, foreign language skills are impressive, broader horizons and easier emigration, better understanding your mother tongue, promoting math skills, meeting new people.

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Learning a foreign language can be difficult and time consuming. Real results often take a long time to appear. Often it can therefore be very questionable whether one takes the trouble learn a new language.

In this post I want you 11 reasons state why you should learn a foreign language (and then another) anyway.

Even in adult and retirement age, and not just as adolescents, in school or at university. Because languages ​​are important!

1. To chat with locals while traveling

With a foreign language you can travel to the country in which the language is spoken and yourself there chat with the locals in their native language (read here whya trip with knowledge of the local language is more fun).

Check out the interview here the 10-language Jan van der Aa who has already traveled to almost 100 countries and shares his experiences on learning languages ​​and traveling in the interview. The summary of the interview with Jan van der Aa can be found here in text form.

2. Talk to foreigners in their mother tongue

With a foreign language you can also converse with native speakers at your place of residence (depending on the region, there are many different languages). Just think of Russian and Turkish in many big cities in Germany or Spanish in the USA. How nice would it be to understand what your conversations are about and to be able to have a say?

3. Foreign languages ​​are beneficial for a career

Multilingual applicants always have a better chance of a good job. Especially due to globalization and the internationalization of German companies, foreign language skills are incredibly helpful.

More and more companies are expanding abroad and sometimes have many customers there. English is hardly considered a foreign language in Germany any more, but is actually essential for a career.

4. Learning languages ​​keeps your brain busy and ...

The older we get, the less we do tasks that really require us to think. But the brain is like a muscle that has to be trained constantly, so as not to slacken.

With languages ​​your world becomes a lot bigger.

If you learn languages ​​well into old age, you keep your brain busy and it gets older more slowly. In a study on multilingualism and dementia, it was found out who is multilingual that memory weakness begins on average 3-4 years later.

5. ... it gets sick less often

Multilingual people reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's and dementia in old age. During a research project on multilingualism and Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's disease occurred in multilingual subjects on average only 4.3 years later than with monolingual subjects.

6. Foreign language skills are impressive

You impress others when you speak one or more foreign languages ​​fluently (the more there are, the more impressive, of course).

Just think of all the language geniuses who show off their talent for languages ​​on YouTube. Here is a video from 16 year old Tim from the USA who is fluent in 20 languages. Very impressive!

7.  Foreign languages ​​broaden your horizons

With every new language you learn You broaden your horizons and learn something about another culture. It's a lot of fun and helps your personal development.

Learning a new language broadens your horizons

8. With knowledge of foreign languages, you can emigrate more easily

With in-depth knowledge of the national language you can more easily emigrate to your dream country. If you already speak the language, the process will be simplified many times over.

Think z. B. to the Germans who emigrate to the USA or many pensioners who prefer to spend their retirement in the warm, on the beaches of Spain or Latin America.

Or our Jeremy who gave up his scientific career in Europe to emigrate to South America. And now here with us and elsewhere can report on his experiences. Read here a few of his testimonials to:

9. Knowledge of foreign languages ​​improves knowledge of the mother tongue

By learning and analyzing the grammatical structures of a foreign language you will also get this clearer to Germans.

Only when we have a new one Learning language, we can correctly appreciate and assess the roots and foundations of our mother tongue.

Because we grew up speaking our mother tongue. Without thinking too much about how sentence structures work or breaking down the accents for each syllable.

Learning a foreign language alone improves grammar, reading, vocabulary and language skills from you in German.

It's like playing basketball all your life and then learning how to play volleyball. You can also use these skills toto improve your basketball game.

10. Learning languages ​​promotes other skills - such as math

A meaningful study of this was conducted in Massachusetts in 2007, where the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ​​stated the following:

“Children who learn a foreign language, even if this language study takes time away from studying mathematics, outperform students who do not learn a foreign language and who have more math lessons during the school day”.

11. Meet new people and cultures

With every new language you also learn something (or a lot) about the people and the culture of the country (of the countries) in which this is spoken.

In addition, language exchanges and language meetups are ideally suited to this meet new people and exchange ideas with them. This not only improves your language skills, but also your social life.

And finally you can see here the reasons of some of our followers on Facebook, to learn a foreign language:

And here you will find mine Guest post (in English) on Benny Lewis's blog (Fluent in 3 Months)about the reasons known polyglots have to learn (so many) languages: Why Learn a Language? Here’s What 8 World Class Polyglots Said.

What do you mean? Do you agree? Do you have any more reasons why you should learn a foreign language? Why do you think languages ​​are important? Let me and the other readers know in the comments - Thank you very much, your Gabriel Gelman.

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