What comes to your mind when you hear the word adventure? Did learning a new language come to mind by any chance?
Probably not, and that’s okay because usually language is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about the word adventure. It’s often travelling to someplace new or better yet, campervan around the coastline of a country sightseeing and exploring. But learning a new language is an adventure and here’s why.
I want you to think of language as being the coastline while you are the campervan. In this situation, it’s clear that language is unexplored territory but guess what, it’s full of surprises just waiting to be discovered and experienced by you.
There is this quote I want to share with you readers.
“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.” – Czech proverb.
I personally love this quote because I am fascinated with cultures and how different people around the world live their life. I find language to be the key to opening the gateway to these cultures.
You may not know but learning a new language can also allow you to discover a new way of thinking.
Have you ever wondered why in some languages they assign a gender to each noun, for example, the word table? Well, you will find out when you start to learn a gendered language like Spanish or French.
When learning a new language, you will have to think about what you want to say and how it needs to be said according to the rules of that language. It sounds challenging I know, but each language thinks and interprets things differently. As time goes by, you will start to learn new ways to understand emotions, actions, decisions, rules, idioms and so much more.
You will realize that learning a new language is more than just learning unfamiliar words. It’s learning about the people, the customs, the traditions, and the values where the language is spoken. When you are immersed in the culture that’s where the adventure begins. It can lead to living, working or studying in another country. Something you might not have thought about.
A new language can lead to a new way of living, maybe learning a new custom, or realizing that there is more than one way to make dumplings. You will make new friends easily, be able to understand movies without subtitles, and you might even be able to help tourists who ask for directions.
For some things you will think “Oh this is so much better, why didn’t I think of that”, and for others it will simply be different.
I’ll be honest though, learning a second language is going to be challenging. It will take you time to master but the rewards are definitely worth it.
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Genc, B & Bada, E. (2005) Culture In Language Learning And Teaching. The matrix, 5 (1), 1-12.