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7 Ways Learning a Language Will Make You a Better Person

7 Ways Learning a Language Will Make You a Better Person

Learning a language is known to have many benefits, but did you know that it will make you a better person?

For any bilingual or ‘trilingual’ individuals reading this, we can often take these benefits for granted since it becomes a norm after a while. But if you’re learning a new language or aspiring to learn a new language, keep these benefits in mind to keep you motivated during the journey.

Let’s start with…

1. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Relationships

The first reason for this is because most people today have friends, co-workers, customers, or even family members that speak another language as their native tongue. This is a massive transition from twenty to thirty years ago, where we didn’t live in as much of a multilingual world.

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There’s no better way to improve a relationship with someone than to speak their language.

Another reason is that studies show bilingual people have two different personalities[1] — one when they’re speaking their native language (i.e. English), and another when they’re speaking the other language (i.e. Spanish). This may seem opposing at first, but this allows bilingual individuals to become more empathetic to a more diverse group of people.

2. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Memory

Studies show that bilingual children have a better working memory than a child that can only speak one language. While most of the memory is developed when we’re young, adults can still reap the benefits that come with being bilingual.

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    The University of Edinburgh has also found when studying the benefits of language learning in the brain, that most of the subjects were adults!

    3. Learning a Language Will Make You More Money

    Learning a language has shown to add between 10–15% to your wage, according to language specialist recruitment agency, Euro London.[2]

    According to The Economist, these are the breakdowns by the most useful languages to learn for annual bonuses:

    • Spanish — 1.5 percent bonus
    • French — 2.3 percent bonus
    • German — 3.8 percent bonus

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      This means that you can make an additional $50,000 to $125,000, just for knowing how to speak a foreign language!

      4. Learning a Language Will Make You Sexier

      A 2013 survey found that 79% of adults find being able to speak a second language a more attractive trait than speaking a single language.[3]

      This also depends on what language you speak and who you’re speaking with of course. For example, French was considered the sexiest language, followed by Italian, then Spanish, then English.

      5. Learning a Language Will Advance Your Professional Career

      Over 60%+ of companies around the world have difficulty expanding internationally due to language barriers. Surveys show that employers value employees who can speak more than one language, and the more valuable you are in the marketplace, the more likely you will have additional opportunities to choose from.

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      6. Learning a Language Will Delay Diseases

      When it comes to the brain, learning a new language can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by 4.5 years.[4] This is a far more powerful than the best drugs which only delays the symptoms by 6–12 months.[5]

      The American Academy of Neurology has performed studies finding that speaking more than one language increases the amount of neural pathways in the brain, which is why it’s effective in preventing the most common brain diseases.

      7. Learning a Language Will Improve Your Native Language

      According to the Impact of the Second Language Education, learning how to speak a second language alone will significantly improve the grammar, reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills of your first language.

      You can think of it as learning how to play baseball when you’ve been playing tennis your whole life. It’s a different sport, but the muscle coordination and athletic abilities directly translate to accelerate your learning curve.

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      Sean Kim

      Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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      How to Take Time for Yourself and Restore Your Energy

      How to Take Time for Yourself and Restore Your Energy

      Do you ever find yourself longing to take time for yourself? Many of us are so busy with work, school, and home life that often there is no time left over to do something that you enjoy. What follows are some ways to carve out that essential time you need to slow down, enjoy life, and rejuvenate your mental and physical health.

      The Importance of Self-Care

      In today’s on-the-go society, taking time for yourself is often looked upon as being selfish or unproductive. You have a job to do, kids to take care of, meals to cook, bills to pay, and the list goes on. How can you possibly justify taking time out for self-care without feeling guilty[1]?

      The truth is that without self-care, you’re not giving yourself a fighting chance to give your best to each aspect of your life. If you don’t take care of your own needs first, you’ll find yourself burnt out and struggling in everyday life before you know it[2].

      Take time for yourself with self-care

        Shift your perspective and accept that taking time for self-care is key if you truly want to live a productive, happy, and successful life.

        Simple Ways to Take Time for Yourself

        Finding time to focus on self-care can be difficult, especially with the demands of work and family life. Often, scheduling time before you need it can be a great to way to ensure you don’t skimp on the all-important personal time. Here are a few simple ways to take time for yourself.

        Evenings With Yourself

        Try to save certain weeknights just for you. If others ask you to do things those nights, just tell them you have plans. Use the time for gardening, reading, exercise, thinking, or the ultimate luxury of doing nothing!

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        Monthly Treat

        Schedule a treat for yourself once a month. It could be on your lunch break, a weekend, or it could be leaving work early. Maybe you get a spa treatment, go see a movie, a haircut, play golf, or whatever treat you’re always thinking about but rarely get to do.

        Schedule it in at least a month before to ensure that nothing gets in the way of that time.

        Buy Tickets in Advance

        Buy tickets for a baseball game, theater production, concert, or any other event you would enjoy. Having the tickets already in hand will force you to make it happen!

        Leave Work on Time

        This is one of the simplest things you can do when you’re craving personal time. Many of us stay at work late on a regular basis. If this is you, make it a point to leave work exactly on time at least once a week, if not more[3]. And then enjoy that time by participating in your favorite hobby or spending time with a friend you rarely see.

        Join a Group

        Joining a group can be a great way to include socializing when you take time for yourself. Find a group or club that revolves around an interest or passion of yours or something you’ve been wanting to try. You can find a book club, photography club, or bird watching group. It can be anything that helps you feel rejuvenated.

        Take an Adult Education Class

        Have you been wanting to learn something new or brush up on something you learned a while back? There are tons of free online classes, and many community colleges also offer free or cheap classes.

        You can learn a foreign language, try yoga, or brush up on your painting skills.

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        Exercise

        For busy people it can be difficult to make time for this, but it’s important to do so. A new habit is started with just one step.

        For example, you can walk for 20 minutes in the morning, and then build on that success daily. Vary how you spend that time. On some days use the time for thinking and daydreaming. Other days you can listen to motivational audio, and on days you want a real boost, listen to your favorite music!

        However, if you’ve been exercising for a while and usually listen to music, try go without any input for a change. Instead, let your mind wander and expand.

        Here are some ways to find time for exercise in your busy life.

        Taking Time for Yourself on the Go

        Some of us spend hours commuting to and from work. This can be a great chance to take time for yourself!

        Commute Via Public Transportation

        If you can, ditch your car and let someone else do the driving. Use that time to plan your day or do some reading, writing, creative thinking, or even meditation.

        Driving in Your Car

        Make the most of this time, and vary how you spend it. If you always listen to music, perhaps also try educational radio (NPR), audio books, or even quiet time.

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        Use that quiet time for brainstorming. Either think in your head or even talk your ideas out loud. Bring a voice recorder. You could write a book via voice recorder over time.

        Waiting in the Car

        If you find that you have a certain amount of “waiting time” in your life, change how you perceive it. Instead of “waiting time,” you can instantly change it into “free time” by reading a book, writing a to-do list, or practicing meditation.

        Two Birds With One Stone

        Look for ideas where you can fit in time for you within things you need to do already or that will have multiple benefits. See the ideas below to give you an idea.

        Walk to Work

        This is a a great one because you’re accomplishing many things at once. You’re getting exercise, you have time to think or enjoy music/audio, and you’re helping to save the environment.

        Arrive Early

        Any appointment that you have, plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early. Then use this time to sit back and relax with a book or magazine.

        Volunteer

        There are so many benefits with this. You make a difference for others, escape work and personal worries, and grow as a person. This about what kind of volunteering interests you and find a group to join. It could be environmental, educational, or anything that brings you a sense of purpose.

        Eat Lunch Alone

        Try sneaking away for a quiet lunch alone on a park bench or even in your car. Enjoy some quiet time with no one to talk to and no distracting noises.

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        Time Away From Kids

        You love your kids, but sometimes you just need a break from parent life. Here are some ideas to help you step away from that role for a bit.

        Organize a “Mom’s/Dad’s Morning Out” Circle

        If you have a friend or group of friends, you could arrange to share babysitting services a few times a month so that others in the group get some time alone.

        Hire a Babysitter

        Make a plan to have a babysitter that you trust watch your children once a month or once a week so that you can take time for yourself. Take it a step further and make that a date night or a night you participate in a class or hobby.

        Find a Gym With a Babysitting Service

        Find a gym that offers childcare so that you can take a yoga class, do some strength training, or even work out with a personal trainer. Make sure you fully research the safety of their childcare program first, though, and get some references if possible.

        The Bottom Line

        If you feel like you need to take time for yourself and relieve stress, there are many ways to do it. Even if you have a chaotic life where there seems to be only seconds to spare on any given day, it’s possible to carve out time for yourself by simply planning ahead. Make this a monthly occurrence to begin a healthy self-care habit.

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        Featured photo credit: Erwann Letue via unsplash.com

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