Why learning a new language?
What are the real virtues of learning a Foreign Language ?
1. Delaying ageing.
Studies have pointed out that adults who are speaking two or more languages have the tendency to obtain better performances on different cognitives tasks and display a weaker cognitive decline when they are ageing. Only because their cognitive reserve was more significant. This cognitive advantage is also linked to neurological basis (a better maintain of the white matter's structure)
Learning a language put at stake an extremely vast neuron network and numerous cognitive processes are involved: memory work, inductive reasoning, sounds' distinction, capacity to quickly pass from a task to another, learning rules, semantic memory work. Indeed, it is about learning new sounds (phonological contrasts), focusing on a comprehension work, remembering words, matching the “sound” and the “sense”, studying the syntax... and all of it definitely requests the activation of different parts of the brain.
2. Meet new people!
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going” – Rita Mae Brown.
In order to meet new people in a foreign country or in their region, speaking their language is an obvious way to make things easier. And your little "So Frenchy" accent could even delight them!
As for the foreigners who wish to come to France, we can only advise you to learn, at least, some words of our language.
3. Open your mind to the culture of the country.
"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." – Flora Lewis.
Learning a new language naturally brings you to get interested in its culture. Through the language, we, thereby, understand a manner of thinking, and seeing the world through this region of the globe. We learn how to live differently (as we do as French), we discover other habits, new gastronomy...
4. Quit stereotypes.
"The one who learns the language from a people would not need to fear it" Arabic proverb
Fears, preconceptions, and stereotypes only belong where there is ignorance. Through learning a language, and by the same way, a culture, your vision from a country changes, refines and becomes more realistic.
Teaching to children a second language when they are in elementary school, even in preschool, tends to develop more tolerance towards the "foreigner" and then help their evolution in a globalised society.
5. Develop your patience
Learning a second foreign language takes time. This intellectual exercise tends to develop the patience and the perseverance, characteristics more and more rarest (and yet appreciated) in a society which is seeking to live in "real time".
6. A professional asset
The knowledge of one or more living languages is an undeniable advantage while looking for a job.
For professionals, speaking, and even reading and writing in another language offers a substantial expansion of their potential market.
In everyday life, in companies, reading in a foreign language (especially in English) permits to benefit from documentary sources much vaster, like so developing its skills and knowledge, and even bringing a differentiating vision to their clients.
7. And of course, travelling easily
"With languages, you are at home anywhere." – Edmund de Waal.
Travelling in a foreign country easily, understanding well the instructions, communicate with the persons met there, not missing anything from the guided tour and even understanding the restaurant menu... there is no doubt that learning a foreign language - or even better, mastering several of them - is like having a pass to the world!