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Three surprising benefits of learning a new language

Here are some of the benefits that you
could get from learning another language. Learning languages offers an unparalleled insight into other people and other cultures There’s even research to suggest that companies value intercultural and language skills very highly. So, learning a new language could be a huge advantage for your career. Learning languages can also help you to deal with stress and other mental health issues. Research shows that, by learning a
language, you can actually delay the onset of dementia by 4.5 years on average. The NHS even recommends it as a way
to actively fight depression. Finally, learning languages is a great way to broaden your mind and make you a better lateral thinker. That means that people who learn languages are not just good at word puzzles, but they’re also good at maths and arithmetics. Share your language-learning tips and experiences by leaving a comment below, and make sure you check out the other videos in this series.

17 Replies to “Three surprising benefits of learning a new language”

  • I find the biggest benefits are that it opens up whole new worlds of entertainment and educational sources for you, and of course it facilitates getting to know other people who may not be fluent in either English or your native language. (Also the learning of languages itself is a good icebreaker to start a conversation under various circumstances.)

  • My name is faiza I am living in barcelona since 2008 I speak french spanish arabic and english witch i learnt in the foreign languages university of Algiers…I love foreign languages since my childhood.. I want to thank you for your useful videos

  • Thank-you a short straight to the point video.

    I have bipolar, with anxiety and depression and the recommendation from the NHS is good to hear.

  • Merci beaucoup. My learning a foreign language 'tip' is this from one of my 1st and favourite French teachers in an American school. ~~~ When we students asked HOW and WHEN did she ever start understanding and actually feel like she was becoming comfortable with reading &/or speaking French language in her early studies. Her answer WAS that it was when she began having dreams in French language ~~~ could hear and understand and also could speak French. She assured us that it would happen for us , too; IF we really wanted it to…………as long as we KEEP UP OUR CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE, homework studies, and French language vocabulary memorization . We ALSO listened to recordings of French language poetry and songs sung in French. Sure enough ~~ sometime during my first year of French language study ~~ I DID HAVE THAT PROMISED DREAM in which I HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD FRENCH AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO SPEAK THE French LANGUAGE. (Also, I continued the study and listening, reading & writing ~~~ I think that our college 'Foreign language listening lab" helped me very much , TOO. That was in a comfortable climate controlled room where we were allowed to rest our heads and close our eyes ~ wearing head-phones (fore-runners of ear-buds) & I could actually 'tune-in' , shut out all other distractions & just LISTEN to the lovely songs sung by Edith PIAF while also being able to read along and~~ SEE the French words on paper in front of me on the little 'booth' or 'listening station' in the "Language Lab". It was cool & comfy and gave me such a grasp of the language that SOME actual French people have commented to me that they believe that my French is very good. AND, yes, I all the more also enjoy and love to share my singing & actually won First Place in a French singing contest at a French Country Wedding. ( I sang it mostly in English & put a bit of a French accent to some of the words. LOL) They liked it anyway.

  • So true, but there are so many Anglophones who take it for granted that others speak English. You see a lot of Americans outside the United States who take it for granted the locals in other countries (even in countries where English is NOT one of the official languages) speak English. I find it a bit arrogant and condescending.

  • Personally I think British young people like Alex Rawlings should be the norm not exception I think the education department should push hard for British children to learn to speak German, Dutch, Spanish and French as soon as they can walk. Stop buggering up their confidence with tests children remember when you treat them like dirt, I travel to Africa allot I'm learning Amharic, Swahili, Wolof and French challenging, but great fun.

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