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Why study languages?


Hi. We all study languages at the University
of Birmingham and we’d really like to tell you why it’s such a great choice. Studies have shown that learning languages
is good for you and it’s a great skill to have. It activates those grey cells and broadens
the mind because it helps you to understand that people from different cultures think
differently – making you more open minded and accepting of others. It’s also good for the brain because it
improves your general intelligence, makes you better and remembering and noticing things.
Apparently it makes you better at making decisions and it’s even been shown to help people
avoid dementia. Languages is a really flexible subject. There
are lots of different ways you can study it. I study German and Italian, but you can also
study just one language on its own. You can even study three languages like one of my
friends who takes French, Mandarin and Russian. When you take a language at uni, you often
don’t just study the language itself. You do all sorts of things, even skills based
modules in things like translation. You can also take half languages and half
something else, or you can take another subject ‘with’ a language. And you don’t always
need a language A level. There are all sorts of opportunities out there. Language degrees get you jobs. A really high
percentage of language graduates walk straight into good jobs – if they don’t want to go
travelling first. They are more likely to get a good job quickly
over students of other subjects, partly because with languages you learn all manner of transferable
skills, but also because the UK is desperate for graduates that speak other languages. These are the languages that the British Council
has identified as ‘the ten most important foreign languages for the UK’s future prosperity
and global standing’. Spanish, at the top, is spoken in Spain, but
also across Central and South America. It’s also a good language to learn if you want
to go and live in the US. If you really want to conquer South America,
you should also add in Portuguese which is spoken in Brazil. German and French, along with English are
the official languages of the European Union. French and Portuguese are good too if you
want to go and work in Africa. Feeling more adventurous? You can’t often do languages with different
alphabets at school, but you can pick them up from scratch
at uni. Language study takes you to all sorts of places.
One of the best things about studying Modern Languages is the year abroad. It makes you
a much more employable graduate than someone with a 3-year degree. You do a lot of growing
up on the year abroad, and employers like that. The first option is to go and study at a University
in the country of your target language. You can also opt to spend your year abroad
on a placement with the British Council as a teaching assistant. Or, you can choose to undertake a work placement
like Katarina or Isobel. Katarina spent 7 months with Showroomprive,
a website for designer brands. She worked on their marketing, translating their website
and developing an app for them. Isobel worked for a human rights NGO in Geneva
dealing with money, invoices and learning how to code for their website. She also went
to several conferences at the United Nations, and at one of them she met a translator who
worked in 6 languages. A work placement is great for developing skills
that will really make your CV stand out. When I graduate I’m hoping to go into journalism
or translation. I know graduates from my course here at Birmingham
that have gone on to work abroad at so many amazing places – Chanel in Paris, the British
Council in Spain, a school on Reunion Island, even local government in Japan. I’m very
excited. I hope you’ve seen just how many opportunities
studying languages at uni can give you, from skills, knowledge and an unparalleled experience.
I love studying languages and I hope you will too. You can find out about all the topics we’ve
talked about and more by visiting our website.

20 Replies to “Why study languages?”

  • I've made up my mind to study languages in Birmingham, I speak spanish and english and I'm currently studying french and japanese on my own while finishing my college major. Watching this video always motivates me to keep moving forward towards my dream.

  • I speak arabic french english spanish and little catalan and italian…i am addicted to learning languges .. thanks for your video

  • I'm not convinced. Western Students should not be forced to learn a foreign language. Although not totally against it, Spanish seems to be the most common language constantly shoved down the throats of students in American Classrooms. I'm not any bit interested in learning Spanish because quite frankly, I believe it to be a stupid language. It's messy and not as intelligent a language such as English or French even. The only reason Liberal America continues to force our children to study foreign language is because America continues to bring in Low Income Capita, Low IQ non English speaking Individuals (Mostly from Mexico and other parts of South America). Rather than encouraging these "Immigrants" to assimilate into our culture that they chose to join, we instead force Americans to learn THEIR language. Doesn't sound right, does it? In conclusion, keep your bullshit language out of our classrooms. If we are going to teach foreign language in American Classrooms, i would prefer other European languages such as French, Greek, Dutch, Italian etc; but NO NO NO we are subjected to Spanish and Chinese and Japanese and other rubbish that is alien to the West.

  • What languages ​​do universities in Iceland teach? for example, I am from Morocco. I have mastered English. Can I study at university?

  • I'm studying French at a university, yet, I don't think that studying Spanish, from scratch, will be super easy for me.

  • Wow…this sounds like a dream 😍 I live not far from Birmingham and I want to study Russian and Japanese. Languages are my passion

  • I'm a native Portuguese-BR speaker. I've been learning English for 2 years. I'm delighted to know that there are a lot of native English speakers who would like to learn my native language. English is a beautiful language, I love studying it every single day. My next step is to learn Spanish. I'd say that it would be more easier for me because Spanish and Portuguese are similar languages, its structure is practically the same. Anyway, I love studying languages.

  • Never felt happier when I saw that Arabic ( my first language ) being the 2nd on the list , english is my second language but I currently take it as a first language in my GCSE’s , I used to learn German b4 I moved countries but my school doesn’t offer it anymore so I decided to take it as a summer course after year 11

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