It’s not easy but it is indeed very interesting to be able to speak a tongue totally different from your own, it is a completely euphoric feeling (at least for me). Learning any language is very tough it requires time and effort but above all what you need is patience; yes, patience. You cannot just cram a language, you need a deeper understanding, you need to feel the emotions underlying in the words that are spoken. When you learn any new language you become a little closer to the culture, traditions and the people of that tongue. If you start learning a language part-time along with other academic or work commitments it would get pretty difficult and sometimes you would feel like quitting just to have some time for yourself because language demands time.
But here are you few reasons why you absolutely should not quit:
Learn about new cultures: language learning opens up doors to learning about a whole new culture. Language is the first step in bridging the gap between cultures. If you are keen on learning about a countries cultural practices you should start by learning the local language as it brings you closer to the traditional practices and develop a better understanding of their culture.
Connect with people: making friends (something I am not very good at, but I do try even if those people find me weird). People are more comfortable in speaking their own tongue; when someone tries to talk with me of course I will prefer Hindi because I am used to it and feel more connected to the person (if it were me I would write this blog in hinglish; but, anyways, I need to show my English skills(ツ)). This applies to all the people around the world, so what is the better way to connect with people other than speaking in their native tongue (plus it’s sure to make you popular, like ‘wow! They speak our language’; everyone wants a foreigner friend ¬‿¬).
Travelling: have a heart of wanderlust? Then this is kind of self-explanatory. When you visit a country, knowing their local language helps you in enjoying the things that regular foreigners cannot understand as you have absorbed their culture and understand their lifestyle better.
Now let’s go back to business. We have talked about all the fun part, now let’s dive into the academic or working aspect of it.
Career advancement: as I mention in my ‘Five reasons why internships are so important’ employers look for more than just your academic achievements. They want something more outside of it. Then what is better than throw in a language into the CV of yours. (They themselves won’t know the language, but want you to know something extra. Why the world work this way, why are they not satisfied with your degree alone ¯\_༼ ಥ ‿ ಥ ༽_/¯. But you will certainly have a benefit; curse all you want and they won’t understand any of it ( ˘ ͜ʖ ˘)) .
Learning a language helps in improving your communication skills: it certainly has improved my communication skills as now I am able to easily (better than before) communicate with people around me without getting hesitant.
Improves listening skills: you need to be a good listener in order to learn any language. Language learning sharpens your ears as you become more accustomed to it. It certainly helped me, because I am always paying attention to my surroundings now and have become more observant.
Gaining confidence: who doesn’t feel proud of themselves if they know a language others don’t know. I certainly do, I even pat my back because of it ¬‿¬. But in all seriousness, we do gain confidence in ourselves whenever we do something new AND fruitful. (Don’t go around gaining confidence in stuff like ‘hey, I can control my poop for an hour! Can you?? ( ͝סּ ͜ʖ͡סּ)’. I don’t even know if this is humanly possible but IT IS something new BUT NOT fruitful. You’ll just hurt yourself in the end (╭☞⚆ᗜ⚆)╭☞).
Sorry for a shitty blog ┐(^▂ ^ ；)┌.