We talk about the importance of learning a second language and why it is more important than ever now to know a second language! Keep reading to find out the top 5 reasons of why we think a second language matters.
Puts you ahead in your job search with the current crisis
Knowing a second language gives you competitive advantage, and puts you ahead other colleagues that might not know a second language. Learning a second language is essential even more so now after the economic crisis we will live after Covid-19 worldwide. Many people are actively looking for jobs, other people who might also have a great university degree and experience like you. However if you know a second language it gives you a point of difference and might even give you some advantage! Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese?! So learning Spanish should benefit you when job searching.
It improves your memory
Becoming bilingual improves your memory and levels of attention overall. While learning a second language you exercise your brain and memory in a high level. Trying to juggle two languages in your brain, exchanging constantly between your native language and second language is a tough skill, and once you master it your brain benefits from it! Many studies show that people who are bilingual tend to score higher than others in standardized tests, so it could even be said that bilingual people are smarter in a way 😉!
Helps you in meeting new people
This one is kind of a given, but when you know a second language you open a whole new door to multinational people or travellers that maybe you were not able to communicate with beforehand! When going out for a beer or three you.. you will be able to speak to people that know your same language as well as international people in your area, enhancing your social skills and allowing you to meet new people.
It helps in travelling
Knowing a second language with help you in your future travels. Of course this is dependant on the language you choose, but for instance if you learn Spanish as a second language you will be able to communicate with around 460 million native Spanish speakers from the world! Whether you are visiting Spain, Argentina, Mexico or even the United States with cities like Miami with a high density of Spanish speaking people, learning this language will definitely help!
Sharpens the mind
Since you are juggling two languages in your mind, this keeps it active for longer than other people and makes it sharper. It also aids with creativity as you are forced to think in multiple language and different words. You will find that you will be able to solve problems, multi task and think outside of the box even more than you ever did before.