Travel Miscellaneous, Travel Tips

5 Reasons Learning a Second Language is a Good Idea

by Jill Robinson

If you have struggled with ordering food or a simple request for directions in a foreign language, you realize how difficult navigating a new country and culture can be for the average traveler. Communication is so important in avoiding misunderstandings, abroad or in the States, and learning a second language is one way to combat cultural confusion.

Here are five more reasons learning a second language is a good idea.

1. When traveling, we get a more authentic experience when we have a grasp of the native language of the country we are exploring.  We are able to delve deeper into the culture, enjoy conversations with locals and venture confidently off the tourist path.

2. The Alliance has many great articles relating to international exchange and education and sites this important reason for committing to that language course:

Although English has today become a “lingua franca” throughout the world, [Catherine]Porter notes that “English is not enough for exchanges in diplomatic, military, professional, or commercial contexts where matters of consequence are at stake.”

She says that when English-only speakers are “working through interpreters, they are always at a disadvantage”:In general, they are far less equipped than their bilingual or multilingual interlocutors to put themselves in others’ places or to figure out where others are ‘coming from,’ what they are ‘getting at,’ or even trying to ‘get away with.’ In many circumstances, the cultural knowledge and understanding that comes with mastery of a second language is a prerequisite for being taken seriously.”

3. In a world that is quickly becoming smaller with our ever-evolving technology and ability to communicate on a global scale, learning additional languages is becoming an asset in the job market.

4. There really isn’t a good excuse not to learn a second language. With so many language programs, blogs, online courses and meet-ups there are infinite opportunities to work on your language skills.

5. Being bilingual can delay the effects of age-related dementia.



About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

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One thought on “5 Reasons Learning a Second Language is a Good Idea

  1. Wow! This post is really very appreciable. I think some new things if you add to your post like current affairs will increase It is popularity. your post is very advantageous for me and very good. Thanks a lot. In a world that is quickly becoming smaller with our ever-evolving technology and ability to communicate on a global scale, learning additional languages is becoming an asset in the job market.

    Posted by Smile Travel Insurance | June 7, 2010, 10:58 am

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