Christine A Howard

Choosing a New Language to Learn

While it may be easy to simply speak your native tongue throughout your entire life (if you never stray too far from home), there are so many benefits to picking up a second language. Bilingualism is a highly desirable trait, and for good reason! Some of you may be wondering why choosing a new language to learn is so important.  Learning a new language has such great benefits.  

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The Many Benefits of Multilingualism

Firstly, learning another language stimulates your brain, challenging it to recognize new sounds, derive meaning, and navigate a whole different language systems with its different vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciations. You also have to work your memory to draw up stowed away vocabulary in order to communicate yourself. Then there’s the benefit of being able to speak with a whole new group of people who you might not have been able to communicate with effectively before!  You will also find that most colleges require two years of a foreign language as part of the entrance requirements.  

You are probably wondering how you can incorporate a new language into your learning.  Make learning a new language a family affair, so that you always have someone to speak the new language with.  Learning a new language will help bring the family together for good quality time.

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you already understand English. So, which other languages should you pick up beside this? Here are a few to consider!

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Mandarin

Mandarin is the world’s most spoken language. While numbers vary dramatically between different surveys and studies, it is estimated that there are currently 1.2 billion native speakers of Mandarin. That’s before you count the multitude of people who engage with it as a second, third, or further language. This means that around one in six people in the world speaks this language, so learning it could open up all sorts of doors.  This language may seem complex, as it tends to use characters rather than standardized alphabet like many other languages engage with. However, there are good reasons that Mandarin hasn’t been (and shouldn’t be) alphabetized. You can read more about this here.

Make learning a new language a family affair, so that you always have someone to speak the new language with.

Spanish

Spanish is yet another widely spoken language. It qualifies second on the list of highest number of native speakers, with an estimated 437 million people claiming it as their mother tongue. Like French, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese it is a “romance language” derived from Vulgar (or common) Latin. It is thought to have originated on the Iberian Peninsula (which lay in the Southwestern corner of Europe, somewhere between modern-day Spain and Portugal).  Over time, it has also spread to be the first language of various countries alongside Spain.

Spanish is spoken in so many countries. If you plan to travel anywhere outside of the United States, Spanish is a great language to know.  You will also find Spanish in areas of the USA, Belize, Andorra, and Gibraltar.  So think of the opportunities that could arise from being able to speak it!

You will find that Spanish is very similar to English, which will help you learn this language more quickly.  You don’t necessarily have to attend in-person classes to pick up Spanish.  Take a look at the best online spanish lessons if you have a busy schedule to work with.

 

French

French, as we have just mentioned is another romance language deriving from Vulgar Latin. It is a language that is spoken on all five continents and a major language of international communication. You will often find that even if you and another individual speak different languages, you may be able to communicate in French if you both know a little! Because French is so closely related to English, you may find that it is easier to learn.  

 

Choosing a new language to learn can be a daunting task.  If you use these strategies, it will be so much easier.  Try out these languages or there may even be others that you might like to take a look at! Remember all of the benefits that come hand in hand with multilingualism and start looking at classes today!

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