We often hear about the benefits of teaching a child more than one language. It is proven that learning is easier at a younger age and that it will be an advantage in the future. All of this is also true for adults! In a city as diverse as Montreal, learning foreign languages such as Haitian Creole, Spanish or Arabic gives you a significant competitive advantage. Today, the Centre Toussaint presents you with 5 good reasons to learn a new language because we know that you want to open your horizons, test your intellectual abilities and stand out from others.
1. CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE
First, learning a language allows you to have privileged access to a group of people. Once you have learned the new language, you can communicate intimately with a completely different population. It is a gift, an honor. Talking to someone in their native language is a direct link to their heart. This is how you make friends and how easily you are accepted into a community. It shows that we have made an effort and it attracts the kindness of people. It gives you access to a range of people.
2. NOURISH AND STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN
Then, learning a second language improves memory, increases concentration and creativity. Being bilingual or multilingual prevents mental aging by keeping your brain active. When you speak more than one language, you know more words and expressions. We remember the grammar rules of these new languages in addition to those of our mother tongue. It is a way to keep our brains active.
3. INCREASE YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS
Learn a new language and stand out from the competition. Become an asset for your business. Today, foreign markets are expanding and professionals who speak more than one language are in demand. Being bilingual or multilingual not only allows you to communicate with foreign clients, but it also allows you to communicate with the local population born abroad. If you speak Haitian Creole, that is about 14 million more potential customers around the world, including 200,000 in Canada! So your language skills are not to be neglected.
4. ACCESS TO MORE KNOWLEDGE
Speaking another language not only gives you access to its speakers, but also to all the contents available in that language. Through to the internet, if you speak Haitian Creole you have access to various local newspapers, news channels, classic movies and any other work in the original language. This is another way for you to understand the issues and specific values of a country.
5. TAKING A STEP BACK
Speaking the language of a nation is a gateway to its culture. Once you have explored this culture, you are able to make connections and compare it with your own culture. You have the opportunity to take a step back and put things in perspective. On the one hand, it allows you to fully appreciate all that this culture represents; on the other hand, it allows you to contribute positively to it.
Learning a new language is an invaluable skill. This benefit affects all areas of your life positively. It allows you to discover the world around you differently. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to learn a different language.
Why not start with the Haitian Creole? Learn with the Centre Toussaint!
Let me know in the comments if you know any other good reasons to learn a new language.
Author: Shanna Aristil