You already know some of the benefits of learning a language – if you’re a member of busuu.com! But are you aware of some of the less obvious reasons to learn a new language?
We all know some of the main benefits of learning to speak a new language, such as making it easier for you to meet people when travelling, or improving your skills to make your CV stand out.
But there are some more surprising reasons to learn a language . Here are a few suggestions based on recent research – do you have any more benefits to add? Let us know in the comments!
Develop understanding and respect
By speaking another community’s language, you can really get to understand its culture and traditions. This in turn helps you to develop a fresh perspective on the world and respect for other people – and that can only be a good thing.
Improve your brain power
Learning a language could improve your brain power. A Swedish study has shown that learning a new language in a short period of time can make specific parts of the brain get bigger.
What’s more, if you learn a foreign language for 4 years or more, you could outperform your colleagues or classmates in other areas.
Keep your health for longer
Further research suggests that people who speak two or more languages are 4 times less likely to have a cognitive impairment. You could help delay the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Learn a third language more easily
Are you finding it difficult to learn a second language? Keep working, because studies have shown that once you’ve mastered this one, you’ll find it easier to learn a third language!
What benefits have you experienced from learning a new language? Let us know in the comments below!