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7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

Learning a foreign language can enhance your life in so many ways. It can help improve things like health, job opportunities, relationships and personal development. Unfortunately, and maybe generally, those of English-speaking heritage are notoriously lazy when it comes to learning a language other than our own. Once you can speak another language, it can open so many doors. We’ve listed seven excellent reasons as to why you should learn a foreign language.

Improve Brain Health

Multiple studies have shown there are many cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language, no matter what your age is. These benefits include a longer attention span, memory improvement, better focus and concentration, and increased listening skills. There are so many quizzes online that finding a good one can be hard; although you might not learn as much as you would in a lesson, you might gain an idea of what level you’re at.

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      Increase your Job Opportunities

      There are many ways that languages can be incorporated into potential jobs and used to improve your employment prospects. Many companies operate in multiple countries around the world, therefore hiring employees who can speak at least one foreign language is vital.

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      As well as increasing the number of jobs you can get, the ability to speak a different language also sets you apart from other candidates for potential jobs. When up against another person for a job, speaking a foreign language fluently is an admired skill which could easily set you apart from another candidate.

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        Make Friends and Build Relationships

        Speaking a different language enables you to meet new people who also speak that language, and can result in lifelong friendships that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to make. As well as building relationships with people who speak that language, it also gives the opportunity to learn more about other cultures. You can participate in exciting and engaging conversations about topics which you may have never even discussed before.

        You can learn more about foreign cultures, attitudes and values as well as finding out more about your own culture, gaining an outsider’s perspective on your culture and how you live. Speaking a different language lets you develop a deeper connection with others, allowing a truly enriched friendship or relationship to blossom.

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          Improve Holiday Selection

          Going on holiday to somewhere you can speak the language can greatly enhance your experience. There’s nothing better than being able to communicate with the locals, navigate your way round and talk to anyone with ease.

          One of the great things about learning a foreign language is that it is usually used in different places as well as the origin country. For example, Spanish is spoken in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Cuba and many more countries.

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            Become a Better Learner

            When you learn a new language, your brain automatically finds a way to learn more efficiently. Whether you want to learn multiple languages or simply gain more skills, mastering a foreign language can help kick your brain into gear to adapt to learning new knowledge and information.

            Enjoy a Cultured and Varied Lifestyle

            Speaking in a foreign language gives you the opportunity to appreciate works of art in their original language. You don’t need to rely on translated films and books, or badly English dubbed TV shows. You can savour the beauty of the original message; whether it’s manga, Bollywood films or Swedish rap, you can capture it in it’s finest form.

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              Confidence

              Overcome your fears and doubts, learn from your mistakes, find out more about yourself, and challenge yourself. Learning a foreign language can be incredibly rewarding and can do wonders to your courage and determination. Practicing this language is a great way to get over your insecurities, and find it easier to talk to other people.

              When getting started, you can learn with online quizzes and tests to increase your confidence before you practice with other people. Websites like Sporcle and Transparent provide fun quizzes which test you on your knowledge. Programmes like Rosetta Stone teach you in an interactive way which lets you learn by yourself or online with others.

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                Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

                Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

                When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

                Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

                1. You’re depressed about your home life.

                No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

                However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

                If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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                When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

                You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

                2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

                Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

                If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

                You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

                If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

                3. You can’t stop snooping.

                Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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                I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

                Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

                So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

                It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

                If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

                4. You’re afraid of commitment.

                If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

                Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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                No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

                If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

                Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

                5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

                If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

                Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

                Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

                Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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                If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

                6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

                When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

                When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

                If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

                7. You chase past feelings.

                It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

                You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

                When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

                Final thoughts

                If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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