Different Psychological Benefits of Learning New Language

Friday, 23 May 2014 0 comments

Learning a new language takes time and dedication. Once you do, being fluent in a second language offers numerous benefits and opportunities. Learning a second language is exciting and beneficial at all ages. It offers practical, intellectual and many aspirational benefits.

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“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” –Charlemagne

Whatever your age, being bilingual certainly has its advantages, especially in today's global society. Here are the top benefits of learning a new language:

Achievement:

Learning a new language is a an achievement anyone can be proud of and is extremely satisfying. Once the hard work and effort has paid off, you will experience the many benefits associated with learning a new language and you will have a new found confidence.

Brain improvement:

Language centres in the brain actually grow as a result of successful language learning. The better you learn, the more those vital areas of the brain grow.

Developed literacy skills:

A study undertaken by York University in Canada suggests that knowledge of a second language gives bilingual children an advantage in learning to read. These children can apply the experiences and insights of one language to the other, and as they grow older, this advantage expands with their broader experience of language and the world. Additionally, the ability to read two languages is considerably impressive in and of itself!

Hear language better:

Being bilingual can lead to improved listening skills, since the brain has to work harder to distinguish different types of sounds in two or more languages.

Improved understanding of the world:

Learning a new language gives you a greater global understanding of the world we live in. Even by learning a few phrases, never mind a whole language, you will access many fascinating cultures around the world and understand the differences between the two countries.

Better juggle:

People can switch from one task to another more quickly. They show more cognitive flexibility and find it easier to adapt to unexpected circumstances.

Experience new cultures:

The world is a cauldron of rich and interesting cultures. Learning a new language allows you to access many different cultures across the world.
You will have the chance to see fascinating new things from a new perspective, which not many people can, and connect with the new people all over the world.

Twice the arousal:

Cognitive boosts, like improved attention and better multi-tasking, may come because bilingual people have both languages activated at the same time, and must continually monitor which one is appropriate. All that switching back and forth confers the mental benefits.

Develop your first language:

Since learning a second language draws your attention to the abstract rules and structure of language, it can make you better at your first language.


“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”
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