The ability to speak multiple languages can benefit you in many different ways. It can create opportunities in the professional world, open countless doors in terms of travel, and possible come in handy in times of emergency. Long message short, being able to communicate in more than one language is not only practical, it’s also useful. Obviously, it’s easiest to start learning everything at a young age when the brain is still like a sponge, but that doesn’t make it impossible for adult learns, just a little more challenging. Here are some pointers if you decide to tackle a second language.
Pick Something You’ll Use
If you live in the Southwest United States, learning Spanish would be really practical and helpful in many areas. If you have plans to do business in Asia, consider learning some basic Mandarin or possibly Japanese. For someone traveling Europe, you have many options depending on where you will go; French, German, Italian… it all depends where you spend the most time!. In the end when you make your decision, make sure it’s something you can commit to, learning a second language takes years and a lot of practice so it’s not something you can do with only half your effort.
Start Small and Build
Just like learning to do anything, don’t try to jump right into the deep end. You had to learn to crawl before you could walk, right? Similarly, you need to start at the beginning when learning a new language and slowly work your way to more advanced materials. Be sure the classes you take or program you follow is working. Take regular progress exams and reward yourself for doing well. It could be anything from a night out with your best friends or a nice and fancy manicure/pedicure treatment. You can look for a few local bars with good specials or a nail salon that offers package deals so you always have your next reward ready to go when you’ve made substantial progress in class. Happy studies!