October 1, 2018

Musings: 5 Reasons I Want To Learn Another Language 

Please note, this is a collaborative post. 

Obviously I want to learn another language because not everything revolves around the English language. Part of the beauty of life is learning about another culture through words and the meanings they convey.

 I always say to myself every year, ‘Char, pick up where you left off on your French GCSE’ or at least look at a course or open the Duolingo app. But I guess that’s my problem, its making a plan, sticking to it and staying consistent. Self-development can be hard when you’re the only one there to cheer you on. But I guess that’s what spurs successful people on. Themselves. So in the midst of the weather changing, I too must change and decipher whats wrong with me and start on my self-development journey once again. So here are five reasons I want to learn another language. 

  1. For Travelling

If you hadn’t realised, this is predominantly a travel blog and I like, scratch that, I love to travel. Knowing another language whilst abroad is a skill in itself. Imagine being able to read directions, not get scammed and order something you actually understand for once. Not only that, as a solo traveller embarking on far and foreign destinations it’d mean you’d be able to establish more meaningful connections around the globe. Or get out of those hairy situations…

  1. Another Skill

I have mentioned this briefly but I do want to set up a brand one day. But that would mean started from scratch not just in business, but in language and attending courses such as ones from Language Trainers.  The best thing would be the social element, knowing that there people in the same boat or in this case, classroom, wanting to learn together. Knowing a language is the key to connecting and immersing yourself in another market or industry. It’d also be beneficial when negotiating of course because you’ll speak the same language. Take that as you will. 

  1. Literature and TV

Not everything is about the English language. I always wonder how many amazing books, movies and TV shows we’re missing out on because I don’t speak or understand the language. I guess there is always subtitles but imagine being able to understand the tones, the local and regional dialects and so much more. Not only that, you learn and take in so much from literature that it really is a whole other world you’re missing out on. 

  1. To Make New Social Connections 

Having friends around the globe means:

  1. For Me 

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the main reason I want to learn another language is for me. I definitely would start with something I have knowledge so that’s French. Oui oui. Next would come Spanish because I’m dying to go back and explore Central America but something out of my comfort zone like Mandarin would be eye-opening to? 

What languages would you like to learn? Would it to be for any particular reason? 

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post. 

7 responses to “Musings: 5 Reasons I Want To Learn Another Language ”

  1. Veronika says:

    I speak/know 8 languages: Slovenian, English, Spanish, German, French, Croatian, Italian, Latin. And understand a bit of Dutch, Russian and Portuguese. I wish to know some more exotic languages too. Like Chinese but the thing is that I don’t want to learn it.
    Veronika
    https://brunettefromwallstreet.com

  2. Megan says:

    I can only praise the benefits of learning a new language, because there’s just so many. For me the biggest ones are travel & making new friends, because the two go hand in hand. I’ve been able to get along with so many more people when I’ve been travelling from speaking 3 languages, and it’s always lovely to have people to go and visit. Good luck with it when you make the leap, it’s a lot of fun 🙂
    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com/

  3. gotmeghan says:

    There are a few languages I’ve always wanted to learn, Gaelic being at the top and Latin is secondary,. I want to learn them because I love Irish music and a lot of the music I listen to on a daily basis, use Latin phrases in the lyrics!

    I’ve been slightly obsessed with Italian and French too. There are language podcasts on Spotify on Italian and that’s how I learned a few words but the rest I’ve heard from Giada de Laurnetiis on her cooking shows! I can’t quite give you an answer about French though 🙂

  4. Isabel says:

    I think learning different languages is one of the best things you can do in life. I speak 3 languages (2 from birth ) and would love to learn more. It is such a great way to connect with others, and see things differently as well. It opens your mind so much. Good luck with your French, that’s one Language I’s also like to learn.

  5. Jess says:

    I would love to learn Italian as I found it so beautiful last week! Also deffo get back into French as that’s useful and maybe Arabic for a real challenge!

    Jess (@road2culturedom) x

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