Tuesday, January 7, 2014
As our world become more and more globalized, we continue to find that the more cultured we become, the better we can serve our customers or market towards new customers. Especially in areas with a fast growing Spanish speaking population, Spanish is a great language to learn in the U.S. If you’ve tried to get started learning a new language but didn’t meet your goals or become fluent, then you might just need an extra push of motivation and understanding of the benefits and process (the process itself is beneficial). This blog intends to further explain the benefits of learning a second language and how it help you grow your business and connection to humanity in general.
Bilingualism Improves Your Personal ExperienceThe greatest and most obvious benefit of learning a language would have to be the greater connection you gain to humanity and the greater understanding you obtain of the human experience. Not only can you connect to more people who speak that language where you live, but you can benefit from the beauty of literature in another language, and connect more with people when you travel abroad. All of this will lead to a greater appreciation for another culture and an overall appreciation for humanity.
Improves Your Workplace Experience and Possibilities For GrowthObviously, being bilingual in the workplace or your business market gives you an advantage against your competitors. This is a rather simple yet dramatic difference between companies that offer the same service. Not only will it give you an advantage against your competitors but it will help you build your business in new and different directions the more you try to grow and meet the expectations of your market. You’re literally connecting cultures and globalizing the world when you market to people who speak different languages.
Improves Your Brain’s Performance and HealthThink of learning a new language as exercising a muscle. The more you work on it, the more it expands and become flexible. Researchers have found that people who know more than one language can generally solve complex problems more quickly. They have also found that bilinguals generally outperform monolinguals in both verbal and nonverbal tests of intelligence. In my experience learning a new language, it’s taught me how to reassociate with ideas, people, things. From flowers to animals, to flags, to how I perceive the notion of love. Developing new ways to represent the way we experience the world in our minds is perhaps one of the most expansive activities a person can work towards. Why do you think poets are usually also highly spiritual people?
The Process Of Learning A Language Teaches You LIfe Long LessonsThe process of obtaining skills is different for everyone. Some people can leach onto a new language and take off with it, while others have to wait until they’ve totally been immersed in the experience to truly gain the skill. However you decide to start learning a language, it will require commitment, perseverance, hard work and patience. There are programs that make it easier than just reading a book by yourself, so explore all of your options but remember that the process will teach you just as much as the goal. Learning how to persevere, commit, work hard, and wait patiently are about as helpful a group of skills as being able to speak another language. It’s all good for you and your business. Goodluck!
Jeremy Smith is a writer for the McMinn Law Firm in Austin, Texas. A city full of multicultural expression and language. He loves practicing his Spanish whenever he can.