Many people begin learning a second language while in school, but fail to keep up with practicing as an adult. However, learning a language can be valuable for those of any age. Here are three of the many benefits of acquiring a new language.
1. It Is Good for Your Brain
You are never too old to experience the cognitive benefits that come with learning and practicing a new language. Due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, language learning has been shown to help the brain better acclimate to new circumstances. Other advantages to the brain include:
- Greater ability to acquire new skills and knowledge
- Improved memory
- Stress reduction
- Better recall of existing facts and information
In addition to acquiring a new way of speaking, you will be better able to learn new skills and facts in other subjects.
2. It Creates New Opportunities
Besides English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi are three of the most widely spoken languages in the world. By engaging in holistic language acquisition, you open yourself up to being able to speak to millions of people with who you might not have been able to communicate otherwise. Learning a new language also opens up opportunities in the job market, especially if you are planning on going into a field such as teaching, translating, or one that involves traveling such as a flight attendant.
3. It Widens Your Cultural View
Language is a very cultural entity. In addition to studying vocabulary and grammar structure, language learning involves learning the histories, traditions, beliefs, and customs of the cultures that developed and speak the language as their native tongue. This can help you gain a greater appreciation of cultures that do things differently than yours.
If you want to speak a new language, consider these three benefits of regular language learning and practice.