Five reasons to learn a foreign language
Learning a foreign language has little known benefits. The au pair stay or the summer job abroad allows, for example, to improve in any language for several months. The specific program to focus on one's language skills is called language stay. Review of the five good reasons to discover a new language.
1. Enrich his vocabulary
2. Connect to the world
3. Traveling ... without translator
4. Stimulate your brain
5. Boosting one's professional career
FIRST REASON: ENRICHING THE VOCABULARY
The vocabulary is the entirety of the words that can be used daily. Learning that of a foreign language sometimes sounds like a painful school obligation. This is, in part, a reality. Indeed, from the primary classes, the little blond heads discover new words other than in the language of Molière. "Hello," "How are you? Or "What time is it? ". It is the discovery of English and its particular pronunciation. With more or less success when it comes to reclaiming the language of Shakespeare in writing or orally. In middle school, adolescents make the choice of a second living language. "Holà", "Ti amo" or "Auf Wiedersehen". It can be Spanish, Italian or even German. Others opt for a regional language. Some regions have a fairly strong linguistic identity. This is the case of the Basque Country or Corsica where the local dialect is taught at a very young age by certified teachers.
Learning a foreign language is a way, very early, to enrich his vocabulary. The French language has about 59,000 words, of which about 32,000 are in common use. English is a foreign language that contains a lot more: about 200,000 words. Obviously, no one uses the entire vocabulary whether French or English. On the other hand, it is a real plus to understand the world around us. The foreign vocabulary also makes it possible to express ideas clearly and to choose the most appropriate words for each situation. It is funny to notice the variations of vocabulary from one country to another. The word "agenda" for example will not be the same in the United Kingdom or the United States. It is common to talk about "diary" across the Channel and "calendar" across the Atlantic. The same goes for the term "coach" who calls himself "coach" in England and "bus" in the country of Uncle Sam.
SECOND REASON: CONNECT TO THE WORLD
Learning a foreign language is not just about rendering a memorized text at school. We do not always see the benefits of being bilingual in our daily lives. In an ultra-connected world, however, it has become essential. Social networks have become a symbol of this unbridled globalization. Who has never read a tweet in Spanish without understanding what the user said? How many young people - and not so young - do not understand a single word of an American influencer on a Snapchat story? Knowing enough a language allows to exchange with the world. Especially on the passions and the hobbies of each one. Talking with foreigners in Japan, Australia or South Africa is easier with a language described as universal. This is the case of English, widely used by the various communities on the Web. Digital has become a huge tower of Babel where many languages are spoken on forums or social networks.
The culture of a country is defined by its rites, its customs or its emblematic know-how. But, also by his language that builds every civilization. Learning a foreign language is the way to find out more about each country around us. In English class, it is common to learn the unusual British breakfast consisting of toast, egg or fried bacon. In Spanish classes, teachers focus on presenting the pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec civilizations that have built the rich history of Mexico. The language stay has the advantage of being feasible in every corner of the globe, in any continent. A new language encourages the most motivated to be curious and open-minded. This is the best way to get to know each other better.
THIRD REASON: TRAVELING ... WITHOUT TRANSLATOR
Let's be clear: everyday use of a foreign language outside of school is not common. This is also what makes the Hexagon and its education system are regularly singled out. Lack of practice greatly benefits language learning. In 2017, France ranked only thirty-second in the world ranking of English skills. Far behind the Nordic countries - Sweden, Norway or Denmark - famous for their language teaching. The school can only provide some useful and intermediate notions. In the same way, television series viewed in original version (VO) have their logical limits.
Learning a foreign language often leads to a deeper practice. As a result, many people want to travel. Often, we do not choose Spanish, Italian, Mandarin or Arabic by default. Generally, there is behind a cultural or family attraction. A foreign language invites those who practice it to escape internationally, temporarily or permanently. On the occasion of holidays or during an internship abroad. Whatever the mode of stay, travel is greatly facilitated when one has acquired a foreign language. The administrative procedures are simplified. Relationships with local people provide more meaning. Clearly, a trip abroad for a bilingual or multilingual person, it is a pleasure taking maximum. The small conversion dictionary can stay in the closet, warm. And, the rough translator can be uninstalled from his smartphone.
FOURTH REASON: STIMULATING BRAIN
Learning another language does not only have tourism or professional benefits. It also has cognitive benefits. Indeed, it would have a good impact on the health of the brain. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) have revealed that language learning has positive consequences for brain health. The survey published in the Journal of Neurolinguistics took as sample thirty-nine Anglophone people. They have stored Mandarin lessons for over a month. At the same time, they were followed by a team of scientists who gave them a radio before and after each class. The most diligent students in a foreign language had better brain connections than others. In short, they became more reactive and less amorphous.
It is common to say that a foreign language must be learned as soon as possible. Obviously, the more a child is confronted with another young idiom, the faster he will integrate it. But, teaching can be done at any age. Language study programs are as much open to teens as to adults who want to travel while learning. Including the elderly. From a medical point of view, bilinguals or polyglots have the advantage of developing Alzheimer's disease later, on average four to five years after those who speak only one language. Acquiring a foreign language becomes, thus, the good way to maintain one's memory and one's good brain shape.
FIFTH REASON: BOOSTER HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER
"Standard English Level", "Intermediate German" or "Advanced Spanish Required". These references to job offers do not only concern work abroad. Indeed, the ads generated by Pôle Emploi, Indeed or Apec are also full of linguistic obligations. This is the case for trades such as guide-lecturer, commercial developer, tourist reception agent or interpreter. It is almost impossible to do these jobs without a common practice of English or another foreign language. According to the National Recruitment Agency, almost 11% of job offers require mastery of another language, be it English, Spanish, German or Italian. This percentage is considerable. And, it is not intended to decline in the coming years. The globalization that appeared in the 1990s has increased the language needs of companies in different sectors of activity such as trade, export or communication.
Why not consider an international career? The advantage of learning a foreign language is to expand the possibilities of finding employment outside France's borders. A bilingual or multilingual person may well consider leaving France with an estimated unemployment rate of 9.1%. The French primarily choose neighboring French-speaking countries such as Switzerland or Belgium. Others prefer to try an adventure several thousand kilometers from Paris. Canada and its 103,967 French expatriates in 2017 propose a situation of almost full employment. On the other hand, certain sectors of activity endure