Learning a new language has numerous benefits, both personally and professionally. Not only does it open up a whole new world of communication but it can also improve cognitive abilities and enhance cultural awareness. We are often taught a second language in school but perhaps it is not until later in life when we have worked out what career direction we want to take that we decide to take this skill further. Whether this is aimed at working towards promotion, being relocated in a different country, the ability to apply for a job in which an additional language is required or simply because we want to, there are untold benefits of being able to speak and understand another language.
Learning a new language allows us to communicate with people from different parts of the world. This can make travelling to and from, as well as living and working in other countries, much easier and more enjoyable. The ability to talk with people in their native language can establish trust and build good and solid relationships which are based upon mutual respect as it shows we are really serious about learning about them and also their country.
When learning another language, the brain is challenged with new vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Our brain will be further stimulated with the associated problem solving skills that learning another language brings and this leads to increased mental agility. The good news is that another language can be picked up at any age. There is no limit when it comes to learning.
Learning a different language allows us to gain a much deeper understanding of different cultures and customs. This also helps us to blend in and be able to experience first hand the literature and music, for example.
In today's global economy, being able to speak more than one language can make us a valuable and sought after employee. Companies often search to recruit motivated individuals who can communicate effectively with international clients and be able to conduct business in their native language.
The top five most spoken languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi and Arabic and there are several ways in which to learn a new language and become proficient in it if we haven't already done so as a follow on from your school days. In addition to further education establishments or tutors, there are various books, podcasts, online courses and language apps which can all help with our aim of becoming fluent or at least proficient in another language.
Over a third of all UK adults can speak another language fluently and with an extra language skill, it can make you stand out in the jobs market and get the recruiters attention in an ever expanding international market.