Why Is It Good to Learn New Languages?
live in a globalized and different word from what it was like a few years ago.
Nowadays, all the people try to communicate in one way or another. Communication
has become one of the most important factors for success. The fluency of more
than language is now a necessity more than a hobby. Since a while ago, the teaching of a second language has been
implemented in most of the world for different reasons. Although some people
consider this a waste of time; learning new languages brings more pros than
cons. It brings benefits to the brain, increases opportunities in life and also
helps people to make smarter decisions.
It is scientifically
proven that multilingualism has several advantages over the brain. In the first
place, according to the Psychologist Ellen
Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto learning a
foreign language helps in the prevention of Alzheimer because of the executive
control system that basically exercises the brain in order to remodel some of
its parts denying the development of Alzheimer in the bilingual person. Second,
the ability to speak foreign languages helps in the development of cognitive
skills. A study published by Alison Mackey, professor of linguistics at
Georgetown University and Lancaster University, confirms that people
who speak more than one language fluently achieve a better memory, creativity,
and also mental flexibility.
The capacity of
speaking in different languages also offers more opportunities in the
developing in life. The bilingual people is easily hired in most of the jobs.
The capacity of speaking a new language allow people to live, work or study in
different countries. The knowledge of a second language has
become a key factor in finding a job. A study
by the Universia Foundation highlights that the aspect most valued by companies
(up to 96.4%) when it comes to selecting the candidate is the fluency in a second
language, in this specific case, English. English remains an essential requirement in more than 86% of the offerings
of qualified employment.
As another important
reason why people should learn new languages is that the fact of thinking in
another language different than the native helps people to make more reasoned
decisions in life. According to a 2012 research
from the journal Psychological Studies, when people think in
another language they are more
likely to make a rational decision in problematic situations. However, researchers
at the University of Chicago found that when people think of a foreign
language, this gives them distance, which helps them make more deliberate
decisions and less dependent on emotions. While thinking in another
language it is not as emotional as the native tongue.
good reasons are found, for some people learning a foreign language is a waste
of time and a very unproductive decision. The lexicographer Delfin Carbonell
says in his article “Learning a Second Language is a Waste of Time” that “life is short and we should not waste a minute of it with the
effort, time and money involved in language-learning. It takes years and years
and the result is never satisfactory: native speakers will always mock our
accent, mimic our ways and call us names”. This argument, although acceptable,
is flawed. If someone decides to learn a new language, then that implies that
the person wants to and all the effort made will be rewarded with the goals
expected. Also, if he says that is a bad idea learn a new language because
people will make fun of us, that is giving more importance to other people and
have low self-esteem.
In conclusion, learning new languages provides
many good things in different areas of our lives. Despite the evidence,
some people underestimate the benefits of study and speak a new language. They
may think that speaking different languages ??is just a waste
of time. It is in fact, a tool that is not only valuable, but essential in
our personal life development. In addition to these advantages, multilingualism
facilitates the expansion of our horizons and brings benefits to our brains. As
I mentioned at the beginning, being multilingual is one of the best things that
can ever exist.