50 + 1 Reasons Why You Should Learn Foreign Languages

First of all,

What is Language? It is the system of communicating in speech and writing; and this is used by people in a particular country or area. It could also be movement, symbols or sounds.

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I’ve always had much interest in learning new languages; and that’s what I’ve been doing, recently- thanks to Memrise and Duolingo; these are some of the best apps to learn any foreign language. I use Memrise for Spanish and Duolingo for French

With these apps, you learn and answer some questions (based on what you’ve learnt), there are stages (easy-difficult level); it gets harder as you graduate from one stage to another. There’s the classic review where you’re asked some questions (and answers may be typed or selected i.e. you listen to the pronunciation and pick an answer).

There’s also the Speed review; here you select the right answers within a given time; for instance, you’re given just 2 minutes to select the answers to 10 questions; this enables the app to know if you’re expert in the interested language or you need more classic review.

There’s the ‘Learn New Word’ where you learn new words from each stage. There’s the Listening Skills, Difficult words and Meet the Natives (my favorite). Meet the Natives gives you the opportunity to listen to the native of the language you’re learning, and you respond or interpret what they’ve said.

With these two apps, you are good to go! Isn’t this just great?

So far, I’ve learnt Spanish, French and Swahili with these amazing apps, I’m also learning Hebrew and Greek from my momma πŸ˜‰ and learning her dialect too; she hails from Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria! I have zero interest in my dad’s dialect =D; I have a feeling with time, I’ll learn that as well

In my country, we’ve got 3 major ethnic groups (i.e. Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba) and more than 300 minor ethnic groups and each ethnic group (both major and minor) has its own dialect. Ok, Let me break in down; for instance, there are 36 states in Nigeria, 5 states belong to the Igbo (Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo) and these states have 95 + local government in total (each LG has its own dialect; even one LG has up to 10 dialects; because there are different towns that make up these LGs and each town may have its own dialect), same for Hausa and Yoruba and the minor ethnic groups. So tell me, where do I start my lesson from? I can’t learn one-quarter of these in a thousand year, right?

Why I picked interest in world official foreign languages, and why you should, too

 

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  • these are world languages
  • language for the job market
  • opportunity to secure jobs with International organizations
  • you can easily make new friends
  • you keep your brain active
  • you appreciate art in its creative form
  • you show respect to foreign colleagues
  • you understand other people’s culture better
  • language of culture
  • it is a language of education
  • a language for work
  • you’re able to communicate with a larger network
  • you make yourself more indispensable
  • you easily invite International business into your city
  • you find it easy to relocate to anywhere in the world
  • strengthen your decision making
  • step back for perspective
  • you have better understanding of the world
  • you have better knowledge on how stereotype affects negatively
  • you cut out middlemen
  • you see the world from a different view
  • you’re more sensitive to cultural differences
  • you’re able to compete with anyone
  • learning common and difficult words can help improve and facilitate personal and business relationship
  • you get more paid
  • you fit for a better adviser
  • you can secure jobs abroad
  • easily study abroad
  • you develop love for other
  • could help you gain scholarship easily
  • you easily help foreign visitors to your city
  • you easily understand how we all connect
  • easily make new friends
  • relate with students and citizens easily
  • learn more about food
  • achieve a new dream
  • understand your culture and other culture for comparison
  • improve memory
  • think flexibly
  • network with people from anywhere in the world
  • keeps you active and healthy
  • read and watch foreign news easily
  • watch foreign movies easily
  • you also feel like a citizen when you travel, not like a stranger
  • you feel comfortable dealing with unfamiliar situations
  • improve learning skills
  • easily speak in code
  • advance your career
  • deepen your connection to foreign cultures
  • you enrich your travel experience and
  • for fun

What other reasons do you think are genuine? Drop your thoughts! I’d love to know them πŸ˜‰

 

Xoxo,

Victoria Lola ❀

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43 thoughts on “50 + 1 Reasons Why You Should Learn Foreign Languages

  1. I speak 5 languages and would love to learn more. Knowing different languages can help when you search for some information you have more sources to look for and I love it when someone says something mean and you respond them in their language, their face expressions is so funny. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful post. I live in Texas, and most of the better jobs want you to speak Spanish as well. I’m working on that. Learning a new language can be very beneficial.

    • hahaha, Michelle, that’s a tough one now….I want to learn Italian too but Spanish and French too….maybe you’ll teach me Swahili and Italian together πŸ˜‰
      Asante :*

  3. This is great, I’ve already looked into downloading both apps. I absolutely love learning new languages but I never really know where to start. Having access to it on my phone is gonna work wonders!

  4. Wow – now that is an impressive list! You have certainly made some extremely valid points here. I know everyone says they are too busy these days to learn languages but the benefits are clearly there to prioritize and put in the effort!

  5. Excellent post! I find it fun to speak different languages, it can also help you to make new friends and makes it easier to communicate when you’re traveling. It’s easier to connect when you speak the same language. I speak Finnish and English fluently. I also can communicate in Swedish somewhat okay. I’d love to learn some Spanish too in future. πŸ™‚

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