10 Benefits of Learning a Language
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10 Benefits of Learning a Language

Learning an extra foreign language was the best decision I ever made. Here are 10 benefits of learning a language that will convince you to take the plunge and improve your life.


1. More authentic travel

Having the ability to speak the language of the area you are travelling to has an unlimited number of advantages. Firstly, those who can communicate effectively with waiters and staff can expect to receive better service. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility to experience tourism on a less saturated and more local level. Knowing the local language of your holiday destination can break down social barriers and allow you to see local life from a more cultural perspective.


2. After learning one, it is 100x easier to learn another

This is my absolute favourite fact about learning languages. Once you become fluent in your chosen language, it becomes so much easier to learn another one! The techniques you pick up when learning your second language are easily transferable to any other. Moreover, you develop something called metalinguistic awareness, where your brain learns to recognise the processes involved in learning a new language and breaks them down into a series of steps. Thus, it is easy to transfer your linguistic knowledge across languages.


3. Decision making is easier in a foreign language

A study from the University of Chicago found that we are able to make more rational decisions with less bias when thinking in a foreign language. How cool is that?

10 Benefits of Learning a Language

4. It can protect against cognitive decline

More and more studies show that bilingualism can help you delay or even prevent cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease. If you speak two or more languages, regardless of your education level, you are more likely to delay any development in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or even prevent them fully.


5. It improves your first language

Learning a new language makes you more conscious of the formation of your mother tongue. Personally, I learnt so much more about the English grammar, sentence structure, different cases, and even idioms through learning German and Ukrainian.


6. Meeting new people

When you learn a new language, you open up numerous doors around the world. Having the ability to travel to different countries and meet new people there will not only broaden your personal network, but it will also provide you with useful links within your professional sphere.


7. Employers love it

There is no question that employers love those who can speak more than one language. It can also lead to higher pay, with studies showing that those with language skills on average earn an extra 10-15% .


8. Being bilingual can make you a better multitasker

Several studies have shown that bilingual children and even adults can switch tasks much quicker, mainly because they switch between languages frequently and their brain is better adapted to limiting distractions.


9. Connecting with your heritage

If you are tempted to pick up a new language that is linked to your personal heritage, I would 100% recommend you do so. Not only will you be able to reconnect with your culture and family history, but you can also create stronger bonds with your relatives if you speak the same language. Maybe your grandparents speak your mother tongue as their second language, so if you learn their first language you can have deeper conversations.

10 Benefits of Learning a Language

10. Being bilingual may make your brain bigger

Recent research suggests that speaking more than one language could make your brain bigger. Like any other muscle, the brain increases in size when it is exercised. Speaking and reading in a foreign language are one of the best exercises you can do.


Why learn a second language? Because it is life changing

If you can not already tell by these 10 reasons, learning a second language will dramatically improve your life. It could lead to a new job, new friends, better travel experiences, and even a new life! The only thing stopping you is your determination.

So now you know the 10 benefits of learning a language, which one will you be learning?

10 Benefits of Learning a Language

46 Comments

  • Claire O'Beirne

    These are really great tips! I started learning French in school years ago and even now, many years on, Ive still retained a bit of the language and it certainly makes conversations a bit easier!

    I’ve just started learning Indonesian as I really struggled on my Bali trip. This is just motivation to practice more!

    • Blog of Sunshine

      Good luck in your language journey! I definitely recommend you try Duolingo or U-Talk to help you with Indonesian 🙂

    • Blog of Sunshine

      I definitely recommend that you take the plunge! Travelling becomes so much more fun and rewarding when you can break down language barriers!

  • Alyssa

    This is awesome! I’m learning French right now (well, struggling along is more like it), but this gave me a lot of encouragement. Thank you!

  • Gemma Jayne

    I am currently learning German and I love all these tips because they are the reasons I wanted to learn languages! Once I get German I want to learn other languages too 😊

    • Blog of Sunshine

      I hope learning German is going well for you 🙂 I’ll have some blog posts about German and some German tips up in the near future!

  • Liz

    I tried learning a language but sadly gave up. This makes me motivated to pick up where I left off and learn it once again!

    • Blog of Sunshine

      Unfortunately it is so easy to give up on learning a language, I hope you can find the motivation to continue 🙂

  • Tori

    Wow this post couldn’t have gone at a better time for my. My most recent blog post talks all about goals and I mention my goal to learn Spanish, finally. Thank you for the motivation !!

    • Blog of Sunshine

      Wow – what a coincidence! I’ll go check out your blog post now, good luck with learning Spanish!

  • Alison Kelly

    This is one of the daily learning activities I will be doing with my kids this summer. We’re trying out Duolingo Spanish. Thanks for the post!

  • Jirah Merizz

    Thank you so much for sharing these! It’s so informative. It’s the first time I’ve known about it can protect cognitive disease and I totally agree with you that it improves my first language. I’ve been learning Italian for some time now and I really enjoy it. ❤️

  • Rayo

    Great post, I’ve been trying to learn French for a while now but I gave up on it. But it’s something I would like to learn, thanks for this post

  • Val

    Great post! 100% agree with what you said. The best part about being bilingual is that you get to meet more people and learn about other cultures that share the same languages that you know

  • Mari

    This is a great list! I’m currently learning Japanese right now and I’m kind of on the verge to give up. But your Top Ten list has motivated me to try again 🙂 Thank you for putting this post together x

    Mari | http://www.dazedmari.com

  • Katie Harding

    For me, my other half is half French and I didn’t know his family that well until I lived with them for 2.5 months during lock down! Then realised they’re really French and speak it all the time in their house.
    So I’ve started learning and I’m learning slowly but it feels pretty good to be able to say even basic sentences i another language!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  • Ashley

    I love learning new languages! I’ve been trying for years but it’s so difficult for me. But now that I see all the benefits maybe I will try harder!

  • Liz Hartley

    I would love to be able to speak another language! I totally agree that when travelling with someone that does speak the language does lead to some really amazing experiences!

  • Hayley

    I literally agree with you 100% I feel that when you learn languages people respect you more. Every country I visit, I learnt at least the basics of their language if not some… I always try it!! But it is very hard… I am currently learning Spanish and I am picking it up okay, but it is hard.

    How many languages do you speak? xx

  • Brooke

    You made so many good points in this post. As someone who has studied Latin, Spanish, and French, I totally agree that learning languages helps with so many aspects in your life. I am not fluent in any of them, but I can get my way around while traveling just from the little I remember. And when I was last in Mexico, it all came flooding back, and I communicated for my entire family on the trip.

  • Alice Myles

    I love learning languages! I did french, german and Spanish in school and then taught myself Italian after I finished school! I’m currently attempting to learn danish but I’m struggling!