Ultimately, any investment you make is for the purpose of bringing in more revenue. No one wants to make a bad investment. According to Benjamin Franklin, education is always a good investment. He said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Investments sometimes bring in quick revenue, but they usually garner benefits in the long run. Successful investors make both short-term and long-term investments. Language training is a long-term investment that reaps long-term benefits. Check out these 5 reasons you should invest in language training as one of your long-term investments.
Promotes Brain Benefits
Language learning offers a plethora of benefits for those who choose to do it, but some of the profitable benefits are cerebral. One of the biggest benefits for adult language learners is the delay of Alzheimer's symptoms, according to a study co-authored by an Iowa State University faculty member. When someone has Alzheimer's, their brain starts destroying neurons which are connections in the brain that involve memory. Adults who learn a language are actively creating new neurons in the area of memory. According to the study, older adults who are actively learning a second language can delay the onset of Alzheimer's by 5 years on average.
Promotes Business Connections
Every company wants more customers. Most companies seek out new customers through advertising, cold calls, or their established connections. You can promote organic growth in your business endeavors by learning a second language. You will attract new clientele when they learn that their native language is spoken in your place of business. The thought that they can express themselves in their mother tongue sets speakers of other languages at ease. Usually, expressing needs in English can be highly stressful for those who speak English as a second language. Depending on their level of fluency, expressing those needs in English can actually be almost impossible. In that case, those customers will gravitate to businesses that offer services in their language.
Promotes Personal Connections
One’s native language can also be called their “heart” language. Nelson Mandela elaborates, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Knowing someone's "heart language" will deepen your understanding of who they truly are as a person. If you are dating someone from another country, learn their language. No matter how fluent they are at English, you will learn more about your significant other when you can proficiently speak their native language. The same is true for friends that speak another language. Your friendship will deepen as you learn your friend's first language and culture.
"Learning more languages makes you more flexible, open-minded and more likely to take the initiative in social situations, according to Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London) and Elouise Botes (University of Luxembourg)." The study found that the more languages the participants spoke, the higher their scores for open-mindedness were on the survey they took. In Norway, a study was done among secondary students, and researchers discovered a "link between multilingualism, language learning and open-mindedness in secondary school students in Norway." As one of the leading countries in many areas, perhaps the flexibility that open-mindedness brings could also be part of why Norway has yet again been named as one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world.
Promotes Improvement in Multitasking
An advantage both personally and in business, an improvement in multitasking can benefit anyone. A study published in Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations found that multilingual participants had a faster reaction time while doing multiple tasks at once. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the heightened ability to multitask that multilinguals possess may be due to the fact that they are constantly switching between two languages in their brain to make sure that the language they are using is appropriate for the context they find themselves in. For example, with their German clients, they will speak German, while at home with their French grandparents, they will speak French. This constant ability to switch back and forth builds up the ability to do the same with other tasks. So, whether you want to promote the brain benefits, business or personal connections, open-mindedness, or multitasking benefits that learning a language brings, you should consider investing in yourself and language training.
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