Today’s blog post will be devoted to turning into a motivation. If it’s been quite a while since you’ve decided to devote some time for learning a foreign language, but haven’t accomplished this goal yet- this is it – a sign that you’ve probably been waiting for.
Learning a foreign language is not an easy thing. It takes much time, dedication, and effort. We have gathered some reasons to help you get inspired. They are practical, some aspirational, some intellectual and others sentimental, but whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why you’re learning a language can help to urge you in your studies.
Moving out into another place
When you move to a different country or region, learning the local language will help you to communicate and integrate with the local community. Doing so will demonstrate your interest in and commitment to the new country. Knowing the language will also help you understand the essence of the local congregation.
Family and friends
If your partner, in-laws, relatives or friends speak a different language, learning that language will help you to communicate with them. It can also give you a better understanding of their culture and way of thinking.
If your work involves regular contact with speakers of foreign languages, being able to talk to them in their own languages will help you to communicate with them. It may also help you to make sales and to negotiate and secure contracts. Knowledge of foreign languages may also increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a promotion or a transfer overseas, or of going on foreign business trips.
Many English-speaking business people don’t bother to learn other languages because they believe that most of the people they do business within foreign countries can speak English, and if they don’t speak English, translators can be used. English is one of the international languages and it occupies one of the first places among the most spoken languages today, though knowing more languages apart from one international will help you build a trustworthy relationship with your business partners.
Study or research
Learning other languages gives you access to a greater range of information about your subject and enables you to communicate with students and researchers from other countries. If much of the information and research about a subject that interests you is in other languages, learning those languages will be very useful.
Moving to another country to study is one of the most popular reasons for young people to launch the process of studying a new language.
If you plan to study at a foreign university, college or school, you’ll need a good knowledge of the local language, unless the course you want to study is taught through the medium of your first language. Your institution will probably provide preparatory courses to improve your language skills and continuing support throughout your main course.
You may be required to study a particular language at school, college or university.
Many English speakers seem to believe that wherever you go on holiday you can get by speaking English, so there’s no point in learning any other languages. However, if you want to venture beyond such places, to get to know the locals, to read signs, menus, etc, knowing the local language is very useful.
A basic ability in a foreign language will help you to ‘get by’, i.e. to order food and drink, find your way around, buy tickets, etc. If you have a more advanced knowledge of the language, you can have real conversations with the people you meet, which can be very interesting and will add a new dimension to your holiday. You might make new friends, make useful business contacts, or even find your soulmate.
Getting in touch with your roots
If your family spoke a particular language in the past you might want to learn it and possibly teach it to your children. It could also be useful if you are research your family tree and some of the documents you find are written in a language foreign to you.
Revitalising or reviving your language
If you speak an endangered language, or your parents or grandparents do/did, learning that language and passing it on to your children could help to revitalize or revive it.
Maybe you’re interested in the literature, poetry, films, TV programs, music or some other aspect of the culture of people who speak a particular language and want to learn their language in order to gain a better understanding of their culture.
Missionaries and other religious types learn languages in order to spread their message. In fact, missionaries have played a major role in documenting languages and devising writing systems for many of them. Others learn the language(s) in which the holy books of their religion were originally written to gain a better understanding of them.
Perhaps you enjoy the food and/or drink of a particular country or region and make regular trips there, or the recipe books you want to use are only available in a foreign language.
Professional / Linguistic interest
Maybe you’re interested in linguistic aspects of a particular language and decide to learn it in order to understand them better.
Maybe you enjoy the challenge of learning foreign languages or of learning a particularly difficult language. Self-motivation is the biggest driving force.
Language as an Individual attractor
Perhaps you just like the sound of a particular language when it’s spoken or sung. Or you find the written form of a language attractive. If you like singing, learning songs in other languages can be interesting, challenging and enjoyable.
Turn learning into a passion
If you’re a bit of a linguaholic or whatever you call someone who is fascinated by languages and enjoys learning them, then one language is never enough. Learning a language can start as a necessity, turn into a hobby and eventually become a reason for living.
Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have the better memory too. Moreover, it’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you’ll have better options for your future!
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