Learning A Language Will Make You A Better Person
Here’s how learning languages changed my life for the better.
I always used to believe that I would never fulfill my potential.
Like you, I was wandering through life with no direction, purpose, or anything that enabled me to discover what I was genuinely capable of achieving.
So each morning, I’d wake up feeling unmotivated to seize the day as I wasn’t satisfied with the way that I was living.
I knew something had to change.
But it wasn’t until I visited the province of Quebec that I managed to transform my way of thinking & change my perspective on what it means to live a happy life.
See, I’ve discovered that learning a new language isn’t merely a monotonous task that we do in high school. Instead, it provides you with an opportunity to think about things differently and change the way you see the world. In the words of Flora Lewis:
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.”
Due to my current ability to speak multiple languages, every aspect of my life has changed my life in ways that I never imagined. So if you begin learning a new language, below are a collection of ways that your life will improve, too.
You’ll Find It Easier To Meet New People.
As I used to have social anxiety, talking to strangers was something that genuinely scared me. After all, I was afraid that they’d judge me for the insecurities that I saw within myself.
But learning new languages has provided countless opportunities to meet new people and improve my confidence during a conversation. For example, going to a Duolingo language meetup in Calgary enabled me to talk to people who also shared a passion for learning languages.
So if you’re someone who struggles with social anxiety, learning a new language could be a great way to get out of your comfort zone, talk to people & make new friends.
You’ll Improve Your Job Prospects.
It’s no secret that the world has become a lot more multicultural over the past few years. So if you’re looking to improve your chances of getting a new job, it’s essential to find unique ways to stand out from the crowd.
I’ve discovered that being bilingual is a massive advantage when you’re hoping to find a job in a new city. After all, there are loads of cities in the United States with a large Hispanic population.
So naturally, being bilingual will make you a more attractive job candidate as you can easily communicate with customers (or other staff) in their native language.
Travel Will Be More Enjoyable.
If you’re anything like my former-self, you have a habit of using google translate whenever you’re on vacation. Because no matter how hard you try to remember your Spanish lessons from high school, nothing comes to mind.
It’s a situation that many of us have experienced when visiting a foreign country. But when you learn a new language (even just the basics), you’ll discover that traveling the world is a lot more enjoyable.
For example, you can eliminate the stress of not having any phone signal when asking for directions to the train station, or ordering something from a menu written in another language.
Put simply, you’ll no longer be reliant on technology as you’ll know how to communicate with the locals in their native language.
You’ll Improve Your Emotional Intelligence.
When you begin learning another language, you’ll discover that you listen much more intently to native speakers as you want to understand every word they say.
But I’ve discovered that even during everyday life, you’ll start listening carefully to conversations with friends, and become more empathetic to the feelings of other people. In the words of Epictetus:
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
When you become more emotionally intelligent, you’ll notice that the quality of each of your relationships will drastically improve.
So if you want to understand the emotions of people from around the world, learning a new language will help you to become more empathetic and listen intently during any conversation.
Learning a new language is an excellent way of improving your emotional intelligence, so you can become a better person in every aspect of your daily life.
The Ancient Greek philosopher, Zeno of Citium, said it best: Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”