4 Mental Benefits Of Learning A Second Language
It’s no surprise that learning a second language reaps (gains) numerous benefits. While you can communicate with more people, it also boosts your mental ability. Bilingualism is best achieved in childhood. But, adults learning a second language can also achieve fluency and get the same mental benefits.
Besides job promotions and class credit, here are four mental benefits you may not have known.
You Develop The Ability To Listen
What does this mean? Sometimes we don’t think about what we say when speaking in our native tongue. But, when learning a new language, we put on our brakes and listen to what is being said.
Our ears and minds work harder to not only understand what we’ve heard but also a response. This is called active listening, a skill highlighted in a blog post by Andrew Barr. Active listening is much more efficient in strengthening your language listening skills.
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Enhance Your Multitasking Ability
Studies have proven that learning a second language can strengthen your multitasking ability. How? When a bilingual person hears a word or sentence, the brain works between the two language systems to figure out what is being said, put it into context, and how to respond. This is called “executive thinking”, a process that governs multitasking.
Develop A Better Understanding Of Your Language
Learning a new language–especially one from a different culture–gives you a better understanding of your culture. For example, the communication pattern in Japanese is much more indirect than English. This gives you a comparison of the cultural differences between the east and west.
Improve Your Creativity
Language improves your creativity by giving you more ways to describe situations. For example, in Japanese, describing fresh air translates to “the air is delicious” in English. In English, we say “the air is so fresh.” Depending on the language, different phrases will require you to think how to say them in a different way.
Endless Benefits To Language Learning
There are numerous benefits to learning a second language. While it can be difficult as you get older, the benefits outweigh the cost. Regardless of whether you’re learning for fun, to get a better job, or getting class credit, learning a second language will help you in all aspects of your life.