At the pace with which businesses are expanding the world over, this is not the time for you to remain a monolinguist.
With the evolving business landscape, and thinning borders. It would be a huge disadvantage for you as an individual or business-person to be limited to just one language. You’d be doing yourself a whole lot of disservice.
Learning a foreign could be a difficult, and exasperating activity. But the benefits are well worth it.
Besides the ‘growing popularity’ of foreign languages, learning how to speak a foreign language fluently could also open you up to be more accepting of the culture and traditions of others.
Which in turn can help you tap into opportunities for diversified business and educational pursuits in countries that have hitherto been out of your reach? So in this article, we’d be looking at the three benefits a foreign language could bring to your business and personal life.
Upgrades Your Personal Network
Without any dispute whatsoever, learning a foreign language widens the door to know more people. Because of people, generally trust you more if you can speak their language.
So knowing how to speak their language removes the initial ‘strangers barrier’, and apprehension they might have of you. So knowing how to speak their language, makes you appear ‘like one of their own’.
This could earn you more trust than it could earn a typical stranger who doesn’t understand the language. Why? Because understanding a language also means that you do understand its cultural norms and etiquette.
It opens you up to a large swath of professionals and individuals who speak the same language. Considerably widening your network of helpful contacts.
These are people you could either do business with or serve as a go-between, during business negotiations and meetings. In today’s global world, learning a foreign language is essential to your success in another country.
It would also help you bridge the language gap you might face in your educational pursuits in a foreign country. Of note is the language barrier that foreign students and expats usually face when they want to open a current account for educational or employment purposes in Germany.
Learning a foreign language could tremendously reduce this language barrier. Thereby turning your stay into a fun and eventful one.
Improves Your Decision Making
Bilinguals have been shown to have the ability to gain a more logical and rational thought process, than their monolingual counterparts.
Anyhow you look at it, learning a foreign language does take a considerable conscious effort to master. It employs the whole rational faculty you have. A marked benefit of this is, it improves your decision-making process and quickens the rate at which you come to a meaningful conclusion.
You are better able to toggle effortlessly between two languages without a break in your thought processes. This is an ability many monolinguals do not have.
Your Perception Is Increased
With a foreign language, you become adept at observing and focusing on relevant proceedings in your area of business interest.
You also gain the ability to filter out irrelevant and unnecessary details. And learning a foreign language makes you an adept at spotting misleading information, this is especially essential in contract negotiations and meeting with potential partners and clients.
Besides an increased perception, learning a foreign language also helps to improve your memory.
It’s an exercise that benefits your brain immensely. Improves memory recall, you’re able to recall people’s faces, names, inventory prices etc.
One more added benefit of learning a foreign is it improves your multitasking skills. You can switch effortlessly between two differing activities.
Finally, learning a foreign language has been shown to stave off the effects of age-induced dementia and alzheimers. These skills can make you a better communicator. It can also help you to develop a better ear to listen.