8 Reasons To Learn A New Language.

January 5th, 2010 | by admin |

Learning a new language is a gratifying enterprise. I’m not going to tell you that it is always easy, but if you go down this road you will not regret it. Motivation often depends on having a clear purpose. The reasons below may help you find the stimulation you need.

Moving to a new country.
Learning the local language will make your integration in the local community a whole lot easier. Maybe many people in your new country speak English. Don’t let that become the excuse not to learn the local language. It will allow you to integrate and connect with the local community in a whole other way. You also demonstrate an involvement and dedication to your new country that will be noticed.

Relatives and friends.
If you are around people who has a different first language from you learning their language will open up a whole new level in your relationship. Learning a language is also learning how to think and feel in a whole different way. Your relationships will change for the better.

At work.
Being able to speak more languages will increase your chances of getting a transfer, finding a new job, getting a promotion or going on business trips. When you work with people who from a different culture speaking their language will grease the skids for partnership and socializing. Maybe you deal with children and older people in you job. Speaking their first language will make their (and your) day a whole lot better.

Even if you can get by with English, speaking the local language will change your travel experiences dramatically. Imagine being able to ask locals for restaurant tips, travel away from the tourist crowds, getting to know the locals and being able to read signs. It will really add another dimension to your vacation

Study abroad.
Speaking the local tongue will serve you well, even if the courses are in English. Living in a foreign country is the best way to learn a new language well. Don’t let the opportunity get away. If you spend some time in advance learning the language you can be a part of the social scene from day one.

Get in touch with your roots.
Your family might have spoken a particular language in the past. If you have children you can learn it together as a family project. Once you have some proficiency try contacting relatives in the “old country” and plan a vacation. You will be treated like kings and see parts of the culture that would be otherwise closed to you.

Let say you enjoy the food or wine of a particular region. Speaking the language will make you a priced guest at any restaurant. If you enjoy making the food yourself all the best cookbooks will be available to you.

Personal development.
learning a language is a personal challenge. It will also show you that there are different ways to view the world. The structure of your language determines how you think. A second language will offer you a different way to think about the world. You will also view you own culture and language through a new lens.

Whatever reason resonates with you I hope you will take on the challenge of learning a new language. It will be rewarding in more ways than you can think of and open up a larger part of the wold for you. Good luck!

Kris Lunde



  1. 13 Responses to “8 Reasons To Learn A New Language.”

  2. By hkwonn on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    What are good reasons to learn Chinese language for reasons other than financial or cultural?
    For example, why would a wealthy person want to learn Chinese if he/she was not too interested in the philosophically/religious tradition of China (culture) and did not necessarily feel any career need to do so? (say they’re wealthy from "old money" and multi-millionaire)

  3. By hasaxak on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    so you can go to china town and tell what everyone says :D
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  4. By ssd134 on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    its the easiest language to learn
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  5. By angel on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    to pic up chics
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  6. By Suki on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply


    Japan much bedda.
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  7. By thunder6371 on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    So when the Chinese take over the United States you wont have to learn their language.
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  8. By BigHeadJarHead on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Both dialects of Chinese, if you can call them that as I understand that they are two separate languages, are the most widely spoken languages in the world. 1 billion or so people in the world are Chinese, Chinatowns exist all over the world, and well, why not? Both languages seem really unique.
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  9. By TaRawr on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

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  10. By peachiepie on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Quite simply put, Chinese is the new Spanish. Like Spanish has become a second language in the United States, the next up and coming language is rapidly becoming Chinese and very wealthy folks like to keep abreast of these things.
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  11. By ?d the Søphmøre (Suspended) on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe to just know the language when the visit China. I personally do not feel the need to learn Chinese.
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  12. By wild-man of Borneo on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    No good reason.
    Look in the real world
    Decode this lyrics "You’ll see "
    "Wonderful world"
    Not a universal language.
    Widely spoken among own community.
    Tribe of different community has their own kitchen’s dialect with ghostly and deadly words from the graveyards of own ancestor’s.
    At first thought it was the wrong choice missing it out.
    With time knew it was right to stay away from it in time.
    Since it never even advance nor move an inch but moving backward to the twilight zone in time.
    Only science and mathematics advance in time.
    Luke 21.30-36
    Luke 9.25,55-56,60
    Luke 24.44-45,47-48
    Genesis 11.1,3-9
    Revelation 22.13-17
    Luke 6.39-40,41-45,46-49
    What do you think?
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    decoded from the missing x-files.

  13. By FizzyBubbler Lives Forever! on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply


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  14. By allperils2050 on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    - if you want to marry a Chinese woman or man, it would be nice to know their language
    - if you enjoy learning new languages and think of it as a challenge as Chinese is one of the hardest languages to learn, along with Japanese and Korean too
    - if you are white, and you can speak Spanish…nobody would think you are special, but if you are white and you speak Chinese, you will instantly be a hit with many people because they will think you are super smart
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