This is Part 2 of a series of posts about language learning. Read part 1 here
I can come up with quite a few ideas why studying a new language is worth your while. In no specific order:
it creates a new you – an individual that speaks a different language (you’re likely to notice that even the timbre of your voice changes when you switch to your second language) and through it becomes to some extent British/American/Italian etc.;
it broadens your horizons bringing into your life a whole new world of values, traditions, ideas and viewpoints you might have never even heard of before;
it gives you access to all of the cultural heritage, such as books, films, music, let alone YouTube videos and websites and blogs, that exists in your target language and most of which will never be translated into your mother tongue;
it spares you the embarrassment of not knowing what to say when on a trip abroad someone catches you taking a photo of a local sight and asks what make your camera is and if you’d recommend it (this isn’t a made-up story! I was asked such a question on a trip to Cornwall a few years ago);
it greatly increases the number of people you can potentially become friends with or marry 🙂
like learning anything new, it’s highly beneficial for your brain as it creates new synapses – the building blocks of the so called white matter – slowing down the ageing process and lowering the risks of Alzheimer’s, dementia and such like;
it enhances your career prospects by supplying you with not only a valuable linguistic skill but also some priceless ‘by-products’ such as an improved ability to focus, self-motivation and discipline;
et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
The list above is far from exhaustive and is actually irrelevant, unless one of the reasons I mentioned resonates with you. In other words, you need to find you own whys and wherefores of investing a great deal of your time, effort and, possibly, money into language learning. Whatever it is, it must be a real urge, otherwise, unless you’re a language maniac that studies languages just for the fun of it, you’ll soon lose interest and eventually give up.
To be continued…