One of the recommend skills you should learn in life and is applicable in everyday life is being multi-lingual
Living in a world that is tribalistic by nature. It would be a good idea to fit in perfectly in every society and culture by knowing different languages.
Even if you have no particular reason as to why you are learning a new language. Knowing two or more languages is one thing that would come handy in everyday life
Here are more reasons as to why it is important to learn a foreign language if you need a reason to;
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1. Your international travel is catered for
This one of the best reasons to learn a foreign language, you will be able to travel anywhere in the world and not feel out of place.
Besides if you have a passion for traveling then you should definitely be able to speak at least two languages otherwise your travel experiences will become hectic if you cannot even speak a close language in the country you are traveling in.
2. It’s a great way to learn about a culture
If there is any culture you would love to learn about or be a part of it, one way of doing it is by learning about the language being spoken
Every culture or tradition has a language associated with it. Most things like places, names, traditions, and actions are embodied within a society’s language
This could also work the other way round, trying to learn about a new culture would also help you learn a new language since both go hand in hand
The goal of learning about a culture is to fit in just fine. Otherwise taking pork to an Islamic society would give you an experience of a lifetime
You will be absorbed in any culture or society easily if you can communicate to them in their local language and be able to even learn different food dishes and how to make them
3. It’s one way to find love and make friends too
I don’t know how you can make friends if you cannot talk to them. This implies that you can only make friends with whom you can speak the same language. So your friends’ circle would be limited
To add on that, it’s hard to be in a relationship with someone if you cannot communicate in the same language because you come from different backgrounds
Every time they would communicate with someone else in their native language you will think they are talking something bad about you. And if they laugh you will definitely think they are laughing at you
Besides, it would be fun to create a secret communication with your friends or lover by combining different languages into one
This actually gave rise to the Swahili language in east Africa where Arabic was combined with Bantu languages
4. Helps us to learn how to communicate and express ourselves
This an outstanding reason to learn a foreign language. If you fail to communicate very well the message being delivered would be different
Some words can be used multiple times to mean different things under different instances for example. Answering “sure? “To a statement can mean a question asking for reassurance
The same sure can be used to confirm something but when spoken, you need to express yourself and tone very well so that the person listening to you does not get the wrong message
This way you would be learning to express yourself and communicate the intended message efficiently without being misinterpreted
5. An added advantage of getting a job
It’s hard to find a job where you being multilingual would not be handy or an added advantage to your working conditions.
If you are a footballer and you got a chance to play abroad and you cannot speak the native language in your country of destination
It would be hard to carry on your job well if you cannot communicate to your other workmates because of language barrier let alone failing to do your work well
6. Improves your listening skills
When learning a new language it’s hard to understand let alone listen to the words being spoken to you by a native speaker.
With time you will be able to pick up words slowly by slowly and this would come as a result of critical listening to what is said to you.
In the long run, you would be able to critically listen to what is being said least you fail to get the message
7. Helps us understand and accept our differences
You will need to walk a mile in a man’s shoes before you can judge them
One way of walking in a man’s shoes is by learning his language. This will open you to his culture and tradition and you may understand why someone does something
This makes us ignore our differences like language and concentrate on things that unite us.
People are killing each other and hating each other just because they speak a different language and they certainly see other tribes or countries as enemies
This gives result to tribalism and tribalistic wars just because people speak a different language from each other but if you can speak two different languages you are likely to remain neutral if a tribalistic war broke due having a sense of belonging to either side by just knowing how to speak either language
In fact, you could be their only hope for unity by being able to communicate to them in either language
8. Gives you a new challenge in life
We always need a reason to do something and something to look up to or a goal to achieve.
One of the goals you could achieve in life would be learning a new language. Perhaps could be on your bucket list
9. Studying abroad is made easier.
I have no idea how you will study in Japan if you cannot speak Japanese just because you only know English.
Learning a new language will give you a learning style of yours that always helps you learn a new language if you wanted to
So if you ever got a great opportunity to study in a country whose national language you cannot speak, it will be easier to apply the same style or technique of learning you used when learning a second language to learn it quickly or easier
There are endless reasons to learn a new language but the good news is your efforts cannot be wasted and will come handy in one way or another since people are naturally designed to communicate with each other and you will have an upper hand in communication by just learning a new language