There are lots of benefits to learning a foreign language – here are just some of them.
If you live in a foreign country, you know what people are saying about you.
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You will look very clever when you announce "I can speak French, Italian, Dutch and Swahili." Hopefully no-one will realize that all you can say is "Hello", "Goodbye", and "Two beers, please."
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Surprisingly, the whole world does not speak English, so it’s very practical to know something of the language when traveling.
It’s also essential when living abroad. Speaking the language reasonably well will make it much easier to deal with bureaucracy, doctors, banks, and other necessities of daily living.
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Learning a language is a very good way of making your brain work – it needs exercising just as much as your body.
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You can insult people and they won’t know what you’re saying.
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You will be able to gain exposure to other cultures and communicate with people from other countries.
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How many languages do you speak? Why did you learn them? Or do you wish we all spoke the same language?
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