The obvious benefit of learning a language is to be able to converse with someone else who doesn’t speak your language. Let’s use English as an example. If you are learning Business English or English for leisure, then you are doing it to be able to communicate with other foreigners who either don’t speak your language or who also communicate in English. The main benefit is for you to be understood and for you to understand someone else. However, there are many other benefits to learning a language. Here are some of them.
Learning a language:
Boosts Brain Power
When you learn a new language, you are learning a new system of rules and structures which means that your brain has to familiarize itself with these new patterns. When the brain is figuring this out, we are developing key learning skills such as cognitive thinking and problem-solving which benefit us both on a personal and professional level.
The more you use your brain, the better it works, it’s a fact! When you learn a language, you are not only becoming familiar with new rules and new vocabulary but you also have to remember this knowledge and apply it when necessary. This gives your memory a great work out. Is it any wonder that people who speak many languages are better at remembering facts, figures, names, and directions?
Keeps Your Brain Healthier and for Longer
Studies have shown that if you speak more than one language your brain remains healthier and for a longer period of time. For those speaking one language, the mean age for the first signs of dementia is 71.4, while for those who speak two or more languages, the mean age for first signs is 75.5.
Enhances the Ability to Multi-Task
People who are proficient at switching from one language system to another are better multi-taskers thanks to their ability to think in different languages and move from one to another.