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4 Reasons Why We Should All Be Learning Languages

Learning a language used to feel more like a chore than a hobby. In school it was simply an hour a week, learning the same basic vocab, as part of the same dull curriculum.

Now, however, learning languages is a passion of mine. I’m studying both Spanish and French at university, and I’m hoping to learn more languages in the future. In this post, I’m going to talk about four of the reasons why I love learning languages (and why you should too)!

  1. Travel

    ‘one reason to learn languages is because they are tickets to being able to participate in the culture of the people who speak them.’

    As cliched as it is, travelling is number one on my bucket list. Explore more of the world, learn about new cultures, traditions, try new food, music, literature – everything.

    Of course, it’s easy to get away with knowing the basics of a language when travelling – Ciao, Gracias, Au revoir – and many travellers still have the most amazing time just by knowing this.

    However, knowing another language is sure to enhance experiences in new countries. Having a proficient knowledge of Spanish, for example, means I can talk to locals, ask them for the best tapas restaurants, and as a whole, understand more of their culture.


    Knowing a language makes countless aspects of travelling easier: reading a map, asking for transport information, searching for café recommendations. So, having a firm grasp of the local language will overall enrich any travelling experience.

    With learning a new language comes a whole new culture of food, music, literature, cinema, etc. Travelling to another country and knowing another language raises your cultural awareness and lets you truly immerse yourself in their culture.

    In October I’m flying out to Madrid to spend 9 months in a Spanish school teaching English. While I’m absolutely terrified, I can’t wait to learn more about their culture and become one step closer to achieving fluency.

  2. Improves Employability

    While yes I’m completely clueless as to which career path to take once I’ve finished uni, having a knowledge of languages improves my employability.

    Is working abroad something that interests you? Having proficient knowledge of a language will make your integration into the country 10x easier. For me, opportunities such as teaching English as a foreign language, working as a literary translator or combining two of my hobbies and becoming a travel writer spark my interest and are made possible having studied languages.

    Learning a language has been shown to broaden employment prospects. Being able to deal with international clients is a boost to any company. However, it is a skill not enough of us have. You don’t need to be fluent in a second-tongue to boost your chances in the job market. If you simply have conversational abilities, this will be beneficial in deepening cultural understanding and reaching out to international clients and partners.

  3. Understand other languages

    For instance, although I haven’t studied Italian, its similar Latin roots to Spanish helped me skim their delicious sounding menus and pick out the odd word when Italian TV was on. I was even able to navigate the Italian Sephora website purely due to the words looking similar to the Spanish. So, that makes food and makeup buying that bit easier – priorities sorted.

    This shows how by learning just one language, we can gain some understanding of other languages without even realising it. My knowledge of Spanish definitely came in handy during my time in Rome!

  4. It’s fun!

    I’m well aware I sound like the biggest language nerd, but learning a language is something I enjoy!

    I can read things which aren’t available in English such as French bloggers and Spanish books without the need for a nuanced translation. I can binge watch Netflix series without relying on subtitles (La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) and Dix pour cent (Call my Agent!) are amazing). I can do so much more thanks to my study of languages.


    Learning a language doesn’t have to be as boring as sitting in a classroom reciting the French numbers from 1-10. You can learn from reading, watching TV, using apps, even scrolling through your Twitter feed. By interweaving it into your daily life, learning a language becomes less of a chore.

    It has never been easier to learn another language – any language you want is in your pocket. The number of apps, podcasts and other online learning resources available today is something language students 20 years ago would envy.

    The next language I want to learn? Japanese. The writing system is something that both fascinates and terrifies me. But, it is a dream of mine to travel to Japan. I hope to have grasped the basics of the language in the next couple of years.

    While this may be the nerdiest blog post to date, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and feel inspired to learn a new language. When I move to Madrid I’m hoping to start a new series following my time there and tracking how much my Spanish improves as I go. So, stay tuned!

    *If you’re feeling inspired, below I have linked to a couple of useful resources to start your language learning.

    What’s one language you’ve always wanted to learn?

    Until the next post,

    Evie x.

    Duolingo – a great website/app which guides you through the basics of the language you’re studying.
    Memrise – perfect for learning new vocab.
    HelloTalk – talk to native speakers from around the world and receive corrections along the way.

37 Comments

  1. This is such an informative post.
    I’ve never really thought about taking up another language before, but reading the pros of taking up another language from your post is encouraging me to think about doing it so thank you ♥
    Well done for learning French and Spanish!

    Luke |Luke Heywood Style

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you so much! Ah that’s amazing, I hope you do! Haha thanks I can’t wait for the day to say I’m fluent 🙌 x

  2. I did a semester of Japanese at university! It was super challenging but really rewarding when I could read new characters and understand sentences! This is a great, concise post 🙂

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      That’s amazing! Yeah it looks so difficult but it must be amazing once you begin to understand the characters. Thanks for reading 😊

      • Definitely! Learning Spanish would have been really interesting too. IMO it’s very pleasant to the ear!
        The cultural side of learning a new language is also fascinating as you’ve mentioned! So many positives haha 🙂

        • eviejayne eviejayne

          Yes! It’s such an amazing language as a whole, and I’m in love with Spanish culture! Haha I knoww, I hope more people feel inspired to learn languages, there are so many positive aspects than come with it 👏 x

  3. Great post! Totally agree that it is good to learn other languages for all the reasons you said and well, it increases your knowledge in general. 😀

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yes exactly! Thanks for reading 😊

  4. abbiejadewanders abbiejadewanders

    COULD NOT AGREE WITH THIS MORE! It is so refreshing to read a post like this, I agree with everything you say. I mean I kind of have to as my BA & MA are in French & Spanish & Translation studies but yes to this post!

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much! That’s amazing! I just finished a translation module in uni and found it so interesting! Really hope more people realise the enjoyment of learning languages. Thanks so much for reading! X

  5. I love this post! I had a friend in college who was learning to speak Korean, and she was amazing at it, including writing it down. I was in such awe. Good luck if you decide to take up Japanese! I’ve also been learning Spanish in my spare time using Duolingo for the last three years and it’s amazing how much bigger the world gets once you know another language. I’m not fluent by any means, but what knowledge I do have is better than nothing!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Ah so envious of her! Yay that’s amazing! Yess exactly, even by just having a basic knowledge of a language we can learn so much more about the world. I hope you continue to enjoy learning Spanish! Thanks for reading x

  6. I love this! I’m so ashamed of the fact I only speak English, I’m trying to learn more but it gets so much harder to find the time and stick to it as you get older. It’s funny, I was actually having this conversation the other day about how lazy I think we are in England with languages in general because we’re so fortunate that most of the world speaks English. Trying and failing to learn French right now, this has inspired me to work a little harder x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah it’s such a shame that more people aren’t learning languages, I feel like as a country we assume that everyone else can speak English – but if we can’t speak another language, why should we assume that everyone else can speak ours? That’s amazing! Good luck with your French – even 20 minutes a day is great! Glad that this has inspired you! X

  7. There’s studies that show learning languages can put off dementia symptoms to later stages of life. So health benefits too! I need to start learning

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yes I’ve read this! Yet another reason why learning another language is so beneficial. The list goes on, I hope you feel inspired to start learning! Thanks for reading 😊

  8. I think that if you travel to a country you should try to learn a little bit of their language, even if it’s only a fee phrases. I’m learning Dutch and French at the moment – two languages which are at polar opposites in my opinion. I’m going to learn Spanish next!
    Good luck with your Japanese.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I agree! It makes your time in the country so much more worthwhile – and also shows more respect to the locals if you can speak some of their language. That’s amazing! Yeah haha they are quite different. Spanish is such a fun language to learn, hope you enjoy! Thank you! 😊

  9. I’m torn between learning Korean (to watch kdramas and variety show without subs lol) and Chinese (for their novels) but both of the languages are difficult especially their pronunciation.

    But I’m more lean towards korean as japanese (studied japanese in uni) and korean grammar is similar so wish me luck!

    x Rasya

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah that’s amazing! How was it learning Japanese? Which ever one you choose will without a doubt be beneficial in terms of employment, travel and for your own enjoyment! Plus, who doesn’t love a challenge? Haha, thanks for reading and good luck with your learning 😊

      • It was hard at first but I get the advantage of learning Japanese in Japan so I guess that helps a lot in term of improving my fluency level.

        • eviejayne eviejayne

          Yeah it is a difficult language to learn, but well done for taking on the challenge! I can’t wait to start learning!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yes I couldn’t agree more! Hopefully more people realise how important they really are 👏 x

  10. This was so interesting to read you’ve actually made me want to start learning a new language now! Good luck with learning Japanese!!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much, lovely! So glad to have inspired you, hope you decide to start learning, it’s so worth it once you do! Thank you! xx

  11. Agree on your points! Some countries do not adjust and use the universal language (English) plus it’s really fun to learn new things. What more if it’s a new language. I keep a journal and have a dedicated pge where I jot down new words/language I learn from my friends or even just because I encounter it somewhere. Feels great to explore! Great post!!! 🙂

    Ellaine | In Betweens

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      That’s such a good idea! Yeah it’s so easy to incorporate language learning into your every day life. Hope you enjoy continuing to learn! Thanks for reading x

  12. I’m so glad that you love to learn different languages. I think it is soo important to at least know one language other than your native. So many English native speakers take it for granted since English is kinda the “universal/commercial” language. I’m Latina and we’re taught English at school but as you mentioned it always felt like a chore. It’s pretty cool that you chose Spanish as one of them, it will also help you to understand Portuguese they way it did with the Italian since they’re all very similar, at least written. Espero que te vaya increíble en Madrid, se que te encantará. ¡Buena suerte! ☺️

    Laura M – http://thenoisygum.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I couldn’t agree more! A lot of people assume that people will speak English wherever they go, but that’s not always the case. Learning a language, even some of it, can be so beneficial. Jaja, ¡muchas gracias, estoy muy emocionada y gracias y gracias por leer! x

  13. Loved this post! I just came back from my year abroad in Paris and Chile, I study modern languages at Warwick uni. I wrote more about it on my blog but I agree with all of the points you’ve made. I’d love to collab with you!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah how exciting, are you currently learning Spanish and French too then? I read a couple of posts on your blog and it looks as if you had such an amazing learning experience – yeah that would be great! Thanks for reading!

      • I’m currently learning French, Spanish and Arabic – so 3 modern languages; and yes we could talk through email or Facebook if you’d like!

        • eviejayne eviejayne

          Oh wow that’s amazing! Yeah email would be great!

  14. totally agree, learning a language is so amazing, I learned French in my first year of uni on the side aswell as my degree and I had to give it up because it was too much and hard, but I do want to keep practising, grammar is so hard sometimes though. Sometimes I translate my favourite song lyrics into French and sing them haha to practice, I want to learn Japanese too, do you recommend or do you think it will be hard because I am only fluent in English xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      French can be complicated due to the grammar but once you get the hang of it, it’s such a beautiful language to learn and speak! I’ve only just start Japanese and it’s not similar to any language I’ve learned so far. The writing system is difficult to memorise but it just takes time I guess! If you’re up for the challenge, I say go for it! X

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