Why Should We Learn a Foreign Language

For many, translation might not seem like an attractive profession. Still, like many other professions, it has its benefits. Once you have learned a foreign language, you have the ability to communicate with people from other cultures.

The more languages you know, the more you are able to understand. Communication is one of the primary ways people understand each other, and it is key for doing business globally and working successfully on projects. If you are only fluent in your native language, you can only communicate and cooperate with the people in your immediate society.

By learning other languages, you can expand your understanding of other people and cultures. No matter what kind of job you have or business you are in, you have more options and advantages. Another reason to learn a foreign language is that you will become more knowledgeable; traveling will become easier and you will discover more about the world.

“The more languages you know, the more human you are.” (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk)

As mentioned, learning a new language can have significant benefits in terms of business, education, travel, emigration, work, and research, among others. Knowing another language can also help you develop your mind. Foreign languages exercise your brain, which in turn facilitates increased rates of memorization and higher efficiency in simple mental exercises. You will become skilled at associating concepts. Creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages, as are dexterities like problem solving, listening and dealing with abstract concepts. Foreign languages expand our view of the world, liberalize our experiences and make us more flexible and tolerant.

“A different language is a different vision of life.”  (Federico Fellini, Italian film director)

Learning a foreign language gives you the ability to become acquainted with the context of another culture. Without the ability to communicate and understand another culture on its own terms, it is impossible to truly access that culture. By knowing more than one language, your worldview changes; immediately, you will have a broader view of the things around you.

There are countless more reasons why learning a foreign language is beneficial, and enumerating them could take forever. In this modern age we live in, knowing and using foreign languages can only benefit us by forging fruitful relationships with other cultures and advancing ourselves in the professional sphere. But, most importantly, we are reminded to never stop learning.