There are over 225 indigenous languages spoken in Europe. The European Day of Languages celebrates this linguistic diversity and promotes language learning. There are countless benefits of learning a second language, we've taken a look at just a few of them below:
1. You'll be able to remember things better
The brain is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. Learning a language requires memorising new words, rules and phrases. The more your brain does it, the better it gets at it! Studies have shown that billingual people are quicker to recall lists, names and directions.
2. It helps to prevent the symptoms of alzheimers and dementia
Learning a second language requires your brain to make new connections. This improves it's connectivity and development which scientests believe helps to delay the symptoms of alzehimers and dementia.
3. It encourages culturual appreciation and increases world knowledge
Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world". There is no better way to immerse yourself within a culture and learn more about the world than by speaking another language!
4. Multitasking comes more naturally
As you slip into another language your brain has to quickly adapt to a new system and way of thinking. Learning a second language therefore improves your brain's ability to switch from one task to another. When asked to juggle multiple projects billingual people will make less errors.
5. Your English is also improved!
Learning a second language isn't just about memorising words, it also requires you to learn a whole new language structure. You learn new vocabulary, grammar, tenses, sentance construction and more. As you learn this new language structure you also become more aware and in tune to the structure and subtlties of the English language. These often go unexplored when it's a given that you can speak it!
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