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Benefits of learning a foreign language

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Why is it important to learn a foreign language? Does the idea of learning another language may be daunting and scary? It might be for some. If readers are committed to learning a foreign language, then they might be surprised to learn about its benefits. Although not clearly defined, a foreign language is a tongue besides the native tongue or language learned.

Improvement of communication skills

Whether you decide to learn a second language for business or to just to pass another class for credits, you unknowingly improve your language skills in grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. There are differences between the native and the foreign language. Many of the details in sentence order, words in context and manipulation are associated with the logistics of learning a foreign language.

Although experts believe that learning another language can enhance intelligence, studies are still unclear. However, educational experts do agree that the earlier a person studies a foreign language, the better in mastering semantics at a later age.

Ability to learn another culture or heritage in foreign language

It’s very exciting to learn about how Spain, Central America, and Latin America celebrate different holidays or traditions. The different dialects between these places are delightful to learn, especially when one specific word can represent so many meanings. For instance, taco is a Mexican dish but it is a heel in a shoe for Latin American countries. It’s quite the pun.

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Enhancement of memory and critical thinking skills

Studies conducted on bilingual children have found an increase in memory and problem-solving manipulation. This could suggest that learning a foreign language in a structured based program can improve these learning basics.

Other experts may argue that an immersion program for children or beginners is more appropriate. An immersion program entails the understanding of daily tasks or specific subjects like science or social studies without the use of a structured based curriculum. Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling develop later.

Knowledge about various literary Latin authors in foreign language

Many foreign authors contributed to the literary culture and helped shaped Spanish. This is an important aspect of learning a foreign language. In fact, many famous literary authors use common words and dialects of the modern language.

Whether a poet or novelist, they have helped shaped modern-day language, which led to the official academy of the languages. These academies like the Real Academia Española (RAE) have the precedent authority of the Spanish language in the World.

So, next time, you read the Don Quixote de la Mancha, or a Pablo Neruda novel, a Federico García Lorca poem, you’re sure to know that these famous writers provided the foundation to the Spanish language. Now, you didn’t think to learn a foreign language could have so many benefits?

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12 thoughts on “Benefits of learning a foreign language

  1. Loved learning other languages when growing up. Here in Canada, my choices were limited to French and Latin, but agree with all your points about how beneficial it really is!

    1. That’s great you have options to learn other languages. Even learning sign language can be beneficial.

  2. I am so thankful my kids are growing in an area where a multi-cultural environment is so readily available. When I grew up we didn’t even have foreign language at my school. Grateful they will benefit in these ways from being bilingual!

    1. That’s great your kids have the benefit to learn a new language so easily. It’s an advantage which they can use forever.

  3. I also just read that learning another language at any age helps with your ‘neuroplaticity’ (sp)

    1. Wish I was a neurologist to understand that neuroplasticity has so much to do in how the brain relocates information, especially when learning a foreign language. And why some people can learn up to five languages.

  4. My hubbie learned Spanish on his own, and he will be teaching the 2 little ones for homeschool. i am super excited!

    1. That’s awesome. Spanish is great for kids to learn.

  5. Barbara, great article!! I learned French in elementary-college and it has helped me in life!! I get so excited when I hear my kids speaking spanish after learning words at school. Cannot wait for them to get to elementary to learn more!

    1. That’s so great your kids are being able to speak Spanish at such a young age.

  6. I took foreign language in school (French in high school and (6) credits of Spanish in college). I still remember the French, but not a lick of the Spanish (which I aced). Weird…

    I think learning another language would be great, especially Spanish since it is used so often.

    1. I guess it’s like riding a bike, you have to keep on practicing so not to forget what you learn. But kuddos on getting high grades.

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