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Why everyone should learn a language

If English is your native language, then you may have learnt some Spanish, French or German while at secondary school. You probably never took these languages any further, but what is stopping you now? Grab a basic phrasebook or download an app, and you will be on your way. But why should you learn a language? These are just some of the many reasons how learning a language can benefit you! 

Improves your learning

Studies show that your analytical and cognitive learning is far better after learning a language. It stimulates your brain due to your memory needing to improve with having to store a plethora of new words, phrases and maybe even letters! Dual-language speakers are also known to have longer attention spans and better long-term cognitive abilities as you age. It is a win-win situation!

Helps you understand cultural differences

One way to get involved in a country’s culture is through learning the native language. If you dedicate some of your spare time into learning a language, then you can immerse yourself and understand the culture far easier. From things as simple as being able to say “please” and “thank you”, you will feel much more involved within the lifestyle of others abroad. It could even help you understand your own culture more as you invest time into learning about another! 

Travel with ease

From grabbing the best deals to being able to tell your taxi driver where your accommodation is, being able to speak the local language will make travelling to international countries far easier. 

It will also help you to establish new relationships much more easily. If you are travelling alone, maybe due to university or because of work, naturally you will want to meet new people. Learning the language of where you are travelling to will make your life so much easier when doing this. You will be able to join in on conversations, make plans and just generally chat with the local people without any hassle. Just imagine being in your local pub and someone comes up to you and your friends saying “¡Hola!” –  you wouldn’t know where to start if you didn’t speak Spanish.

Job opportunities 

The world is ever-changing, and as we are becoming increasingly interconnected, languages are needed more and more as companies are becoming globalised. Hence, speaking another language offers enhanced opportunities in a range of sectors. 

If you are looking for a career in medicine, law, business or technology, then being able to communicate in another language is bound to help your career prospects. It demonstrates your ability and dedication to commit to learning something new, as well as your cognitive abilities, both of which stand out massively to employers. So, make sure to include your linguistic skills in your CV!

Not only is it a great topic opener in an interview, but it also shows that you have other interests that your recruiter may like. Demonstrating that you can learn a new language sets yourself apart from others, showing you immerse yourself into challenges. It may be the spark that gets you your dream job!

If you learnt a language due to moving abroad, then this is also a topic to bring up during an interview as you can elaborate on your time overseas. The recruiter will be looking for you to explain the areas that have helped you develop professionally, and for stories that tested you in the new surroundings. 

Hopefully, these reasons will give you the push to start learning a new language, so the next time you hop on a plane you will be able to speak the local language with ease! Good luck! 

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are looking for a job but not sure where to start then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!