According to the 7th century emperor Charlemagne, "To have another language is to possess a second soul."
"To another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,"
Have you ever considered learning a new language? With products like Rosetta Stone, learning to speak another language can happen anytime, anywhere. But why would you want to learn a new language, anyway? Well, Christian women and men may be particularly motivated to learn a new language to help further their understanding of their own faith. The Bible was not written in English, after all, which means that you may not be getting a full understanding of its verses and of your favorite encouraging spiritual quotes. Would not be it great if you could read the text in its original language?
According to the 7th century emperor Charlemagne, "To have another language is to possess a second soul." If you could look at the Bible with such a new understanding, it would indeed be like being in possession of an entirely new soul, and new way of looking at the world. If this sounds like something that could benefit you, then here are ten additional reasons why learning a new language could revolutionize your life:
1. Expand your cognitive capacity.
Challenging yourself to learn a new language forces your brain to stay active, learning to negotiate new patterns, meanings, and pronunciations. Exercising your mind will improve your memory, attention span, and problem-solving ability.
2. Become better at multitasking.
Being able to juggle multiple languages makes it more likely you will also be able to juggle multiple activities.
3. Learn more about the world.
While learning a language, you will undoubtedly gain a better understanding and appreciation for those who speak it as their first language. Gaining a knowledge of the people and the regions where that language is spoken makes you more cultured and informed about the world you live in.
4. Communicate better when traveling.
When visiting France, would it not be beneficial to be able to speak French? If traveling to Rome, a functional ability to speak in Italian could come in handy. Learning a new language increases your travel options. As a bonus, you will also be better equipped to interact with tourists visiting from those regions.
5. Speak better in your primary language.
Learning to speak another language forces you to examine linguistics, which will naturally enable you to communicate better in your primary language.
6. Have fun.
Learning a new language can be hard work, but it can also be an enjoyable process as you reach your goals and achieve desired results.
7. Increase your self-esteem.
The mere fact you are learning something new will be a boost to your confidence. With every bit of progress you make, your sense of accomplishment and self-worth will increase.
8. Open up new employment opportunities.
With the proliferation of jobs requiring bilingual workers, learning a second language may increase your employment options. Not only might new positions become available, you could secure your current position in the event your company decides to downsize.
9. Explore your roots.
If you happen to learn a language connected to your heritage, you could gain a better understanding of who you are and where you come from, discovering more about your family and your roots in the process.
10. Improve your mental health.
Some studies show that learning multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia. One Canadian study, the results of which were released in Neuropsychologia, indicate that the onset of dementia in monolingual patients occurs at age 71.4, whereas the onset in bilingual patients does not happen until the age of 75.5.
Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your life; accept the challenge of learning a new language, starting today.