Learning a new language
Irina ( Moldova )
The pride of learning a new language – Irina’s goosebump moment
“Hi! My name is Irina, I am from the Republic of Moldova and my goosebump moment is when I am learning a new language. I was born in a family where every member speaks five languages, so I was obsessed in my childhood to learn new words every single day. So, sometimes I used to learn two words a day, sometimes ten, sometimes fifteen. Now, I speak five languages as well. I cannot even convey my emotions. What I feel when I learn and speak a new language? I feel pride and confidence in myself, and I feel pure joy and happiness that I did that, I did it that way to learn something new even if it was very difficult.”
Learning a new language is a challenge that takes a lot of effort. It is a complex challenge, not only to speak but to think in another language. It is something that costs us a lot of effort, but with time and practice we can get ahead and the rewards for achieving it are immeasurable.
With the mastery of a second language, in addition to an enormous personal satisfaction, communication skills are developed, which become very useful for both personal and professional life. Studying a language can give you great extra useful tools for any context in your life.
Benefits of learning a new language
Being bilingual or multilingual is one of the most enriching experiences you can have. You will be able to meet a great diversity of people, countries, and cultures of the world. In addition, you will have access to better academic and employment options to build your future.
By speaking another language, you will not only be able to meet new and interesting people, but you will also get to know their traditions, customs, and way of understanding reality. This experience will make you a more empathetic and sensitive person.
Perhaps the most exciting of the advantages of learning a new language is having the perfect excuse to travel the world. In fact, there is no better way to become proficient in a language than to experience complete language immersion in a country with native speakers. This experience involves practicing what you learn in class daily.
Studying a second language requires discipline and organization – there is no other way! But this situation should not discourage you. On the contrary, it is an excellent opportunity to optimize your learning abilities and become a more successful student.
There are several benefits of learning a language for your academic performance. First, you will exercise your memory by retaining grammar rules, vocabulary, and idioms. You will see that, in a short time, your ability to remember names, addresses, facts and figures improves considerably.
It is also proven to improve your reading comprehension and speaking skills. These two skills are very useful when taking standardized tests. That is why multilingual people tend to score well on these types of tests.
Why is it difficult to learn a language?
Have you ever wondered why some people master Spanish without difficulty and others can barely say “hello”? Well, research suggests that our brain’s unique connections may predetermine our success in learning a language.
In a study conducted at McGill University in Canada, participants’ brains were scanned before and after taking a 12-week intensive French course. The researchers found that in the best-performing participants there were stronger connections between brain centers.
While this could mean that some people are cognitively better equipped to learn languages, it does not imply that not everyone should give it a try.
Interestingly, the studies show that these difficulties are not due to a personal aversion to complications, but to neurological preferences.
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