When we learn a new language we open ourselves up to a richer understanding of a different culture. Knowing a second language can help us form new friendships, enjoy movies without subtitles, and make our resumes stand out from the crowd. As if there weren’t enough reasons to hit the books already, recent studies have unveiled a host of other unexpected benefits to becoming bilingual. Here are three more reasons you should consider picking up a new language (like Japanese):
2. Stave of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The words we use also affect how we interpret the world. One example of this was demonstrated in a study of Japanese and English speakers where participants were asked to differentiate between different shades of blue. Japanese has two words for blue: light blue (mizuiro) and dark blue (ao). Japanese speakers were found to be better at distinguishing different shades of blue. Languages different from our own articulate concepts in their own unique way. Understanding the world in new ways can open up our creative potential.
Now that you know more about what learning a language can do for you why not start learning today? There are plenty of fantastic resources available for free online such as YouTube videos and sites like duolingo. If you are interested be sure to check them out and find something that works for you.
Untill next time, Sayonara!