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Learn a Foreign Language to unlock multiple opportunities in your career

If you talk to a man in a Language, he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his language it goes to his heart……Nelson Mandela

Learning foreign language can lead to open multiple opportunities in one’s career. Before now we only knew that only a person who is going abroad or have a connection in different countries should learn different foreign languages to connect with them but this myth has now been broken.

Learning foreign language can make one’s presence global in their respective fields to have multiple opportunities. If you are a student and looking to study abroad (Most of the best universities across the world ask for at least a basic certificate in their respective language) or a working professional, Plenty of opportunities we lose since we are unknown about their language.

Translation industry in India has been continuously growing after years and years. As per an article published by Nasscomm, India is contributing 5.2% of the ITES market and according to the growth pattern depicted by common sense advisory if we take India’s share as 5% of the world market, currently language market size in Indian language may be taken at approx. value of $500 million which may be summed as follows

 

S. No. Sector %age Revenue in $ Millions
1 Publication 20 100
2 DTP 10 50
3 Content Creation 20 100
4 Design 05 25
5 Translation 20 100
6 Repurposing 10 50
7 IT Localization 15 75
Total 100 500

Source: Independent estimate from various sources

 

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well. Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

 

You build multitasking skills

Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. According to a study from the Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structures. In one study, participants used a driving simulator while doing separate, distracting tasks at the same time. The research found that people who spoke more than one language made fewer errors in their driving.

Your memory improves

Educators often liken the brain to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” This exercise improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.

You become more perceptive

A study from Spain’s University of Pompeo Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. They are more adept at focusing on relevant information and editing out the irrelevant. They’re also better at spotting misleading information.

Your decision-making skills improve

According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Any language contains nuance and subtle implications in its vocabulary, and these biases can subconsciously influence your judgment. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.

You improve your English

Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, and sentence structure. This makes you more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated. These skills can make you a more effective communicator and a sharper editor and writer. Language speakers also develop a better ear for listening, since they’re skilled at distinguishing meaning from discreet sounds.

January 26, 2018

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