Learning a language takes time, endurance, and commitment, and that is especially the case with difficult languages. Mastering languages does not just mean that you know a language but also that you are more familiar with different cultures, mindsets, and traditions. Here we will try to present to you how learning a language improves your lifestyle.
Reading from the Source
It is probably common knowledge that reading books and other writings in their original language is much better than reading translations. Translations can be very beneficial, but if you knew the language of the author, you would be able to understand certain points which cannot be easily translated into other languages. Plus, when you read a translation, you are relying on the translator’s skills to portray the book adequately. This can become a big problem with religious scriptures. Reading translations of scriptures is good, but if you are pious, you should look to learn the source language. That is how you will learn the most, and understand the best. For example, if you are a Muslim, you should learn Arabic since in that language God revealed the Qur’an. A big plus is that you can learn any language online. For the aforementioned Muslims, there are many online classes where Arabic is taught. They can also study the Quran online which enables them to learn Arabic while learning about their sacred text. Also, if you are into philosophy or some other science, you will be able to come to your conclusions of what the author wanted to say, and you will not be guided by the translator’s understanding. Reading, for example, Immanuel Kant is much more satisfying and understandable when you are reading from his books in German.
You Start to Understand Different Values
For many of us, there have been instances of us being confused about different countries and their lifestyle. This is present around the world where the media and the people portray other cultures as being backward, savages, and many others. These comments usually come out of ignorance, we are prone to judge others when they are not like us, and we hold what we have on a higher level. All this can be much reduced if we get to know people from other cultures and if we try to have an open mind while also learning their language. Like we said earlier, when you learn a language, you do not just learn how to speak their language but also many other aspects, and the key one is their culture. While you are learning the language, you will get to know how their mindset works and thus you won’t be as judgemental as you once possibly were. This will not just impact your views on one particular country and their culture, but you will be able to have understanding for other cultures without wanting to make the same mistake that you made before.
You Learn How to Be Committed
When you decide to learn a language, especially a difficult one, you need to be consistent in learning if you want to make progress. You should make a schedule of how much time you are going to spend on learning a language, and it can be an hour or two. The more time you spend learning, the more quickly you will improve but the most important thing is that you cannot put so much time into overloading yourself. This can only have a bad effect on you later, and could even lead to you giving up completely. By fulfilling what you have scheduled, you could transfer that trait to other parts of your everyday life because you know that you can do it.
You Will Have Better Job Opportunities
If you master a difficult language, that means that you now know a language that possibly many people do not know. This can open the doors to many new horizons for your career. Employers who deal with foreign investors need people who can interpret for them, and you can be highly rewarded for your work. Also, you can create a job for yourself, especially if you live in the west since there are constant migrations to those parts of the world. You could offer your services to the people that know the language that you speak because they are probably not familiar with the system that is in place in your country. You just need to remember that knowledge is key, the more you know, the higher the status.
There are numerous benefits of learning a language that could improve your life and make it a more relaxing and meaningful one. Languages break barriers and you could be the one who will cross them.