There are roughly 7,000 languages spoken in the world, about 350 of which are spoken right here in the US. Can you imagine how you could improve your life by expanding your linguistic capabilities? Communication is a vital part of all societies, whether it’s knowing the right way to order Samgyeopsal at the mom-and-pops Korean restaurant or closing a business deal in Mandarin. Broad linguistic capabilities can open the door to great possibilities in your personal and professional life.
In addition to simply being able to speak with your fellow humans, there are also personal benefits. Bilingual people have increase cognitive functions, meaning they are more logical, multi-task more efficiently, have greater attention to detail, and have better memories. All the great benefits of learning another language can translate into academics as well.
It’s safe to say that doing better in school often leads to better job opportunities, but being fluent in another language can also provide that benefit. Studies have shown that bilingual workers earn 5-20 percent more per hour and have an edge in the hiring process. Once hired, bilingualism can open the door to promotions and opportunities for career advancement abroad.
If all the life perks of learning a new language aren’t enough to be convincing, consider the perks of life expectancy. Bilingual capabilities, because of their cognitive engagement, help slow the effects of aging. As the mind ages cognitive flexibility begins to slow. Cognitive flexibility is the capacity for minds to adapt to changing stimuli and unexpected situations. Those who speak more than one language tend to retain this ability because they regularly engage in cognitive thinking. Apparently learning a new language is a great way to make more friends, get smarter, be wealthier and live longer.
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