But, here’s the thing. Learning a language can be pretty useful. When you go on holiday, a lot of people may speak some English, but there comes a time when the language barrier becomes a concrete wall, as you speak in slow, simple English and wonder how you will ever find out the way to the centre of town. This is not an effective way to go through life (or find a supermarket). In fact, it’s pretty arrogant to believe that English is the best and most important language out there.
So, here are my top five reasons why learning another language is actually worthwhile:
You get to meet new people
There are so many different people you could be getting to know, if you only knew how to talk to them! The best way to find out about another culture is to experience it directly. Plus, it opens up a whole new world of dating opportunities…English people will find your new ability (and accent) wildly sexy, and you will now be able to say ‘you’re fit, let’s go out’ to thousands more people. Everybody wins.
You can show off
Most people can’t be bothered to learn a whole new language, so listening to someone who has managed to will amaze them. You’ll be able to switch dialects effortlessly and leave people in awe! However, you need to be careful that you don’t become ‘that smug weirdo who thinks they’re so cultured’ and end up being cast adrift by people who are sick of hearing about it.
The world is your oyster if you are fluent. You can work or study abroad. Exciting. And if you speak the language, you will feel more confident, and get more done!
You learn about a brand new culture
You can engage with new kinds of media, fashion and music. You can read books, watch TV, and immerse yourself in a new way of life.
It’s not that hard
All you need is motivation. Mine is that I love Spain and want to live there someday (to escape our sh*tty weather), and I’m also doing work experience there soon. So I don’t want to feel unconfident about speaking up, and then sound like an idiot when I do. And it can be fun! You just need to practice a lot. And ignore people telling you to shut up when you’re practicing sentences over and over again while they’re trying to watch TV.
So get on it! Employers love it, and it will be a rewarding challenge. And if you ever falter, just remember all those sexy people you’ll be able to chat up in another country.