Learning a second language is always fun and you never know when it might come in handy. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t go to waste and it makes for one interesting thing on your resume. New opportunities could open up for you, not only in your professional life but also your personal life.
You can pursue careers in translation from one language to another or there are always agencies available to guide you what to do with your talents.
People also learn a different language as a hobby and enjoy it. And what’s not to enjoy? You can make more friends and maybe even have a pen pal someday. But it comes in most handy when you travel to some foreign country and you know the local language to help you. I don’t mean recite the local poetry or anything, but a few words or sentences
can help you with these 5 things:
Meet new people
You speaking the local language can help you befriend the locals. They find pride in the fact and may be more hospitable towards you. You might even make a friend for life!
See and explore more
Yes, tour guides are available everywhere and speak English too but wouldn’t it be more adventurous to find your way on your own in an unfamiliar town. Gave me an adrenaline rush right there. You can communicate with the locals and find about the hidden treasures and adventures the town has to offer.
In case of emergency
Always remember, better safe than sorry. We normally don’t consider this when departing on a vacation but accidents can happen and emergencies can knock the door anytime, anywhere. Knowing the local language can help tackle situations like this a bit better.
Understand the culture
I don’t know about you, but if I am traveling to a foreign place I like to know as much as I can about its culture. They say knowing a second language is like possessing another soul. I do believe words have that kind of power. You can connect with locals and learn about their culture, history and concepts of life. Sometimes an experience like this can be life affirming.
Frugal alert! I do love to bargain and bargaining in another language is just so much more fun. If you are visiting a country where bargaining is a norm like Thailand then knowing the language will prevent you from being ripped off. Negotiating prices is a norm and usually expected.
.And there you have it folks, 5 reasons why learning a second language can be useful. Well, here is number 6: it’s just cool. So please share your experiences and tell me if you ever needed to know the language on one of your vacations.