Once upon a time (just like in fairy tales), learning a language was like climbing Mount Everest. People struggled for resources that were not present everywhere. And, even if some could get the required stuff, there was no standardized or self-paced way to master language skills. Then, we tapped the ‘Flash Forward’ button. Booyah! We owe this to advanced technology that our world’s now flooded with great resources that one can access anytime at no unaffordable price.
Globalization has made the far-stretched world a small room. And, there are many instances in life when you’ve to interact with people who don’t understand your language. So, whether you’ve got plans for the US, France, Spain, and Japan or not, learning a second (or third) language is equally important. Besides this argument, there are many merits of an additional language.
Learning a language simulates our brain instantaneously. It puts some challenges for the brain to use itself more and more. The more you use your brain, the more it gets efficient and, your concentration power gets a boost. While expanding your creativity, giving you more career options, building multitasking skills, language learning can improve your first language as well. And what to say about improved memory and self-esteem?
I guess these benefits are just enough to kick-start your mind to get ready to accept new vocabulary and lexis. Then, an important question arises. “There are so many. Which one to learn?” Good question! To your answer, I’ve got some names from which you can choose. If we talk of the future, the predominant languages would probably be Mandarin (Chinese), Spanish, Hindi-Urdu, Arabic, Russian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French, and English.
But if you don’t want to get into the complexities of German, Mandarin, and so on, choosing an easy language should be the perfect bet. Some of the easy-to-learn languages are Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, French, and English. However, a bit of personal advice is to choose an optimum language, i.e., a language which meets both easiness and the future. If asked me, I’ll go for either Spanish or French.
I wrote an article on English some time ago. You can search and read it if you like to. Whatever we expect in the future, English will not go away anytime soon. The world has adopted it as a ‘lingua franca.’ (Hint: I used Google to know the meaning of that word.) So, if you’re struggling with English vocabulary, pronunciation, or lexis, please don’t try a third language right away. Not far ago, I also didn’t have words to express myself in English. And now, I’m writing with it. Not praising myself, I’m giving you a clue of my future article. (Wink!)
Learning a language requires a proper schedule and concentration, along with a determined mindset. “To begin is difficult; to carry on, fun!” It is the philosophy you’d most probably witness while learning a language. Finally, it concludes my article! Really? “But, where are the resources?” Oh! I completely forgot about that. To prevent this article from getting stretched out, I’ll be back with another one in the (not so far) future. Until then, choose your best pathway of language learning. Cheers!