It is not uncommon to hear adults say they wish they had paid more attention in a high school or college-level foreign language course. Other adults may have grown up with a parent who was a native speaker of another language and are disappointed that the language was not passed on to them.
Whatever the circumstance, learning a second (or even third!) language has numerous benefits. One obvious reason is that you increase the number of people with whom you can communicate. Perhaps one of your grandparents speaks Croatian, a language you’ve never fully grasped, or maybe you live in a community where Vietnamese is widely spoken. Either way, studying a second language, even on a basic level, expands your potential for effectively communicating with others.
Most of us have many more hours to spare in 2020 (in fact, more time than we care to admit). By using that time to learn a second language, you can invest in a practical and creative way to build your skillset for both personal use and the job market.
Some of the countless benefits of learning a second language include:
As our world becomes increasingly connected, there has been no greater time to sit down and learn the basics of a foreign language. Instead of sitting around watching yet another Netflix show, make the best use of your downtime and come out of the pandemic with a stronger skillset than when it started. You may find that your job opportunities will have increased as well as your social circle!