A MILLION AND ONE REASON WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

By Emete Smart - 12:01



Before now, I saw no reason why anyone would want to learn a language from another country. Like, we have over 250 languages in Nigeria and we should rather focus on getting intimated with them. However, now, I'm far more enlightened and aware of the many possibilities that comes with learning a new language. Whether it is French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and many other languages, there are a million and one reasons to learn a new language. I would be highlighting some below.

THERE'S BIG MONEY IN IT!

Trust me, there's cool money involved if you are intimated with a new language. You can become a tutor of the language to people who have interest in it. You can become a language interpreter to tourists or people visiting a particular country and do not understand the language. You could also grade/score standardized language examinations. What of doing freelance writing in that language? Do you like talking? You could do videos on YouTube in that language and of course, attract many views from that particular country. If you are a tech person, you could create a language app/game. You could also teach at a museum, library or college - of course, in that language. What of creating e-books in that language? There's a lot of money in that! What of becoming a freelance translator? Do your research and you would find out so much money making possibilities in this!

IT CAN GIVE YOU AN EDGE IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TO THE PARENT COUNTRY

Immigration and Language are inextricably tied. If you understand the language of a country perfectly, it could give you a big edge above others. Are you thinking of relocating to a particular country? Why not start firstly by learning their language?

YOU WOULD BUILD GREAT CONNECTIONS

When you know other languages, automatically, you are not limited and can therefore interact and connect better with people of other countries. Being able to communicate with someone in his or her language is an incredible gift. Bilinguals have the unique opportunity to communicate with a wider range of people in their personal and professional lives.

IT IS THE CAREER BOOST YOU NEED!

So many companies that pay so much usually require that you have the knowledge of one or more foreign languages. If you do have that, you can earn millions of Naira from it! To be honest, the demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. Employers are seeking professionals who can communicate seamlessly with customers in new and expanding overseas markets, as well as serve and sell to a large foreign-born population here at home. As an added incentive, in many instances, language skills also lead to hiring bonuses and increased salaries. Whatever your career aspiration—with language skills added to the mix, you’re ahead of the crowd!

YOUR HEAD WILL BE TURNIONIOWN

Okay. I'm just kidding. But actually, it could be the confidence boost you need! Learning a language means putting yourself out there and moving out of your comfort zone. The upside is the amazing sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when conversing with someone in their native language.

Learning a new language can help you gain perspective and enable you see the light and beauty in other cultures and traditions all over the world. If you are a sucker for travelling, learning one or two foreign languages would indeed come in handy. So tell me why you won't consider learning a new language either as an independent course in school or through a language app? I specifically recommend Duolingo - Tested and trusted!

What do you think of learning new languages? Do you already have good knowledge of any new language or you're in the process or are still skeptical about it? Let me know in the comment section!

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  1. Adegoke Oluwatobi7 March 2019 at 07:49

    Grace, thanks for this. I'm presently learning French and German.

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    1. That's beautiful! I wish you goodluck dear

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