7 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Learn a Foreign Language

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 17th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Travel Blog 25 Comments

Language is a powerful bridge that connects people. We use it to express our thoughts and feelings for each other. So more than English, and your very own native tongue, how cool it is to know another foreign language?

Well, it certainly widens your array of lifetime opportunities, gives you awesome perks, and turns you an equally awesome person. Not so convinced yet? Let me tell you 7 awesome reasons why you should learn a foreign language.

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1. Learn a new culture

And appreciate it. This is my favorite. Learning a new culture excites me, because it’s like entering a whole new world and getting out of what is familiar and ordinary. Being able to fully immerse yourself in learning a foreign language offers a whole new perspective on different literature, beliefs, arts, history, cuisine, customs and many other things that a distinct culture has and offers. Being able to explore and understand all these in different language does not only enrich yourself with the new discoveries you are just about to have, but also enables you to truly appreciate the vast world you’re in.

2. Maximize your travel experience

If you get to travel often or if you have already opted to go nomad at this point of your life, learning a foreign language can make you maximize your travel experience more than just walking to the best tourist spots, dining in a cozy restaurant, or taking your best shots; because if you’re really interested in fully submerging yourself into the place, I say, you must talk to its people. Even if these are just short and simple conversational phrases, they are already useful to allow you to build rapport and connection with the locals. More than getting the right direction because you are able to ask the right question, you’ll never know how being able to speak to them can land you awesome freebies or life-long relationships. That’s how magical language is!

3. Get a legit bragging right

Impress people around you. Whether you aimed for it or not, being able to speak another language boosts your confidence three times. According to studies, bilinguals are proven to be more confident. I am not implying that you should be out, loud, and proud for being a bilingual or a multilingual, all I am saying is this is how extra awesome you can be when you know another language apart form your own. How convenient will it be for you and your friends, if you can properly order Crème brûlée, Crepes, Croissant, and Croquembouche for dessert? You’ll surely get compliments for having this special skill. See that? It’s like getting extra life point, extra awesome life point for that matter!

4. Mark up your value

This is a long-term self-investment. Whether locally or abroad, having the abilities to speak, to read, or to write in a foreign language increase your employment opportunities. This marks up your credentials, and promises greener pasture in the future. You can go ahead and search on how advantageous it is to if you know a different language, other than your own and English, in local corporate industries today. You can certainly become a company asset. Even when you’re planning to work abroad, this can be a pass to easily get it. So go ahead mark up your value and have a brighter future ahead of you.

5. Exercise your brain cells

According to researches, learning a new language sharpens our cognitive and life skills. This requires an intensive brain activity, thus make your brain cells more productive. So if you feel like you’ve been stagnant for a long while, and looking for a mind challenge, this is just perfect for you. You might initially struggle in learning new vocabularies, pronouncing words, or comprehending new and unfamiliare thoughts, but you’ll surely get by and will have awesome time learning.

6. Become open-minded

“A different language is a different vision of life” – Federico Fellini, Film Director

Learning a new language allows you to have another vision of the world. As you get out of the box of what you know, you allow yourself to be immersed with the things that you do not know and you must know. Isn’t it priceless to open yourself with a whole new perspective and understand individuals from a completely different culture, background, and tradition from you? I must say, it’s refreshing, and an absolute eye-opener.

7. Widen your social circle

“The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” – Henry Boye, author

How awesome it is to be able to relate yourself with someone who was born and raised half of the globe apart from you? This is where the most fun part comes in, when you get to befriend people. This is where language fulfils its purpose, when you’re able to connect with people using an entirely different language you didn’t grow up using. Learning a new language can bring you amazing people in your life, with which you can build life-long friendships, or lifetime romantic relationship – that we’ll never know!

If you’re interested in learning a new language, the Two Monkey Travel has the best offer for you. Get your Privilege Pass to get 50% discount at Every Nation Language Institute.

What is Privilege pass exclusively for Two Monkeys Travel Group?

You will show the pass and you will get 2 sessions or 10 hour FREE Class (exclusive of class materials). Your own Language choice of Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, French, Spanish, and English but you need to reserve 2 weeks in advance. 

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25 thoughts on “7 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Learn a Foreign Language

  1. I Love this!
    I’ve been traveling into many places and meet new friends. Mostly they are in different languages, but I used to learned also from them and take time to learned something new. Honestly I’m so grateful to have my learning experience on Motivpark(motivpark.com). They teach me a lot of languages all over the world ^_^ . . This kind of an article makes us more knowledgable and make us be open minded whenever we meet some new people all around the world.

  2. I love this article! Several of your points ring true for me. I studied Spanish for 8 years and did a student exchange to Bogota, Colombia in college. Spanish has really opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me bilingual pay as a therapist and access to jobs I otherwise would not have had. Also as a therapist I can tell you that the research says that people who speak a second language have more protection against various forms of dementia as they age. Like you said in your article, it is a great work out for the brain!

    I also used to speak what I call “survival Korean” from my time teaching English in Korea. I took Korean classes but my Korean never got as good as my Spanish. Now we are living in Brazil so I am taking Portuguese classes every week. My Spanish has regressed and not I speak a free for all mess of Spanish and Portuguese. I think my Portuguese is actually getting stronger than my Spanish. I will have to go back to studying Spanish again before we return to the states in a few years. Ha ha!

    Also, speaking Portuguese makes it a lot easier to make friends and get around Brazil. You see Brazil does not have a lot of English speakers so learning the language here is a must! It also helps me to teach English classes in Brazil. Knowing a lot of Portuguese vocabulary can be helpful when trying to explain something to my students.

    But regardless of anyone’s language level, it is great to try and learn a few survival words before traveling to any country.The locals will appreciate and respect your attempts to learn their language, or at least use a few words. It shows that you have respect for their culture and country.Besides, it’s also fun to learn a new language and new way of thinking!

  3. I love this article! Several of your points ring true for me. I studied Spanish for 8 years and did a student exchange to Bogota, Colombia in college. Spanish has really opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me bilingual pay as a therapist and access to jobs I otherwise would not have had. Also as a therapist I can tell you that the research says that people who speak a second language have more protection against various forms of dementia as they age. It is a great work out for the brain.

    I also used to speak what I call survival Korean from my time teaching English in Korea. I took Korean classes but my Korean never got as good as my Spanish. Now we are living in Brazil so I am taking Portuguese classes every week. My Spanish has regressed and not I speak a free for all mess of Spanish and Portuguese. I think my Portuguese is actually getting stronger than my Spanish. I will have to go back to studying Spanish again before we return to the states in a few years. Ha ha!

  4. I want to learn a new language not only to mark up my value but to learn more about their cultures as well. Also it would help me when I travel and I’ll be able to make new friends! 🙂

    For now I am doing a self study on Hangul because when I go back to SK, I want to be able to understand them this time and so I won’t get lost again. :p

  5. As an ESL instructor mostly teaching Korean nationals, I guess Hanggul (Korean Language) is the best language for me to learn as of the moment. Explaining the nitty-gritty of grammar to them would be be a lot easier if I could talk to them with their language (well, at least for the most difficult parts). And understanding how their language works could put me in their shoes on what it feels like learning a foreign language.

  6. I would love to learn the Burmese language. One look shows how time has not changed the script’s beauty. I will travel to Myanmar soon and whenever I go to a new place, I bring a few little teddy bears with written messages of encouragement to give to random people that I will meet along the way. It would be great to be able to write the messages using their language to be able to connect and interact with the people more freely. 🙂

  7. I would love to learn to Spanish. I have already taken an introductory lesson last year but my goal is to be fluent ASAP. Why? Because like Kach, I’m in a relationship with a foreigner. He knows how to speak English but his family and most of his friends don’t. I want to be able to converse with them in Spanish. Also, if everything goes according to plan, I will be moving to Spain this year. Help be successful in the next chapter of my life ( :

  8. I super agree with the list! Especially number 3, I always get fascinated with people who are linguists and wish to be one myself. I’ve been downloading how to speak apps (French, German and Spanish) but it’s still hard! It would be nice to get a proper lesson from professionals. I cant wait for my passport to arrive so I can start booking flights, hopefully armed with an additional language!

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