Mes chers amis, I have always stated that it is very important for you to be able to converse in at least one language other than the English language. This ability would be useful to you in more ways than one.
I have taken out time to research WHY people study foreign languages. In this post, I’ll share a few of those reasons with you. Maybe you’ll find a reason why you should too.
𝟣. 𝖲𝖤𝖫𝖥 𝖨𝖬𝖯𝖱𝖮𝖵𝖤𝖬𝖤𝖭𝖳: Funny, yeah? Learning a new language would require you put in some efforts and stretch yourself a bit; tests, practicing, researches, et al. This process would definitely make you better in accountability, and research. And it’ll also increase your self-esteem.
Also, learning a new language improves your cognitive abilities, as you’ll be required to think faster, more often.
𝟤. 𝖤𝖬𝖨𝖦𝖱𝖠𝖳𝖨𝖮𝖭: This is one of the most popular reasons why people take out time to learn a new language. They could need to emigrate/migrate/immigrate to a particular country whose official language is foreign to them. For instance, a Ghanaian relocating to Germany would definitely need to learn German. And French is one of the required languages for Canada.
But a major attitude I’ve seen as a Foreign Language Coach is that, a lot of persons wait till it’s close to their immigration period before seeking to learn their host language. And they’ll want to do so in one month. For you, prepare ahead.
𝟥. 𝖳𝖮 𝖨𝖬𝖯𝖱𝖮𝖵𝖤 𝖢𝖮𝖬𝖬𝖴𝖭𝖨𝖢𝖠𝖳𝖨𝖮𝖭 𝖲𝖪𝖨𝖫𝖫𝖲: Do you know, that your ability to communicate in more one language improves how you communicate generally? I didn’t know myself, until I became able to converse in multiple languages. And I was amazed at how well my communication skills improved.
Also, scientific studies have shown that people who know two or more languages are clearer and more confident communicators than those who only know their mother tongue.
𝟦. 𝖥𝖮𝖱 𝖯𝖱𝖮𝖥𝖤𝖲𝖲𝖨𝖮𝖭𝖠𝖫 𝖯𝖴𝖱𝖯𝖮𝖲𝖤𝖲: For some, they see the need to learn a foreign language when there’s an official demand at their place of work, either to travel abroad for an assignment, or engage with a foreign client. But this too, is a common reason I’ve come across.
𝟧. 𝖳𝖮 𝖡𝖤𝖢𝖮𝖬𝖤 𝖯𝖮𝖫𝖸𝖦𝖫𝖮𝖳𝖲: A polyglot is one who in versed in multiple languages. That is, one knows how to communicate in multiple languages. And this is a valid reason to study foreign language. Learning a language for the passion or prestige is a good enough reason. It’s sweet when people can’t code their conversations with you around. Funnily, I’ve been treated differently in some gatherings, because I speak multiple languages. There’s prestige ooo
- TO MAKE MORE MONEY: The ability to speak a foreign language can be of great advantage to you, especially when you’re seeking an extra source of income. Before now, people who know how to communicate in foreign languages mostly become classroom teachers; and this isn’t bad. But in recent times, there’s a very high demand for translators, and interpreters.
In the United Kingdom, you could earn up to an additional £145,000 across the course of your career by knowing another language. This is because companies are prepared to pay as much as 12% more for people that can speak a second or third language.
In the USA, it’s calculated that there’s roughly a 2% premium on languages, with some languages commanding more bang for its buck than others. German ranked the highest, with companies prepared to pay up to 3.8% more than the average worker for those who spoke German as a second language. Overall, you could increase your earning potential by $128,000 over the course of your career, in the international scene.
So there you have it; some of the most popular reasons why people study or learn a foreign language. Every reason is valid, and plausible too. Whatever the reason is, it’s a great step, and they can NEVER go wrong.
I’ll encourage you to find a worthy reason too, and equip yourself with this skill. It’s the 21st century, and the ability to communicate in foreign languages is a much needed skill.
Until we meet again, go global