After a much-needed and well-deserved break we are finally back in school/work and everybody has been talking about their New Year’s resolutions. If you haven’t made any by now, why not consider new language?
Here are some great reasons to learn a new language in 2019
1. New opportunities
Learning a new language immensely increases opportunities in life, such as job opportunities, opportunities to meet new people, and also enriches the experience of travelling abroad and being able to communicate and immerse yourself in another culture.
2. Neurological benefits
Studies have shown that bilingual people are better at learning new skills, flexible thinking, understanding new concepts and even have a reduced risk of dementia in later life! In addition, learning a tonal language, such as Mandarin or Vietnamese, is also a great way to help develop both sides of the brain and not just the left.
3. Improve your CV
As well as conventional experience and academic qualifications, learning a language is also an effective way of bringing a competitive advantage to the work place, as bilingual people tend to be more flexible in their way of thinking and adapt to new situations more quickly, and a second language can always be put to some good use in today’s globalised market, making bilingual people more appealing to potential employers.
4. Broaden your mind and achieve better understanding of the world
Have you ever wondered why people of different nationalities tend to have different customs and preferences? As well as learning about the history of those countries, leaning to speak their language can gives great insight into their way of thinking and their perception of the world.
5. Sense of accomplishment
If none of those reasons have convinced you so far, it has also been shown in various studies that a sense of accomplishment can dramatically increase one’s level of self-esteem. If you want to give yourself a boost in overall confidence this year, learning a new language could be the perfect way to do it!
If you are interested in learning a new language, or would like to improve your English, prepare for the FCE or CAE exams, feel free to contact us or come and see us in person in Madrid, where any one of our native teachers can give you more information about courses in the García Noblejas or Ventas areas.