1.     English Improves Your Perspective

When you learn a new language, you're not just adding new grammar rules and words to your backpack. Learning a language means a new window to the world. Think of it like this: During a conversation where you speak in English, while the conversation progresses rapidly, do you think of what you will say in Turkish, translate it into English in about 1 second, and read the translation in your mind to the person in front of you? Absolutely no! A person who is already doing this will not be able to maintain the conversation fluently. So what is really happening?

The reality is this; after a while, you start thinking in the target language. Because as time passes, your mind will internalize the structure, specific rules and uses of that language. This means that when you speak English, you will not think like a Turkish person. Thanks to the new room that English has opened in your mind, you will be able to interpret events and even the world with a completely different perspective.

I want to show an example to this subject. Professor Panos Athanasopoulos from Lancaster University conducted a study with two native speakers of German and English, and a bilingual (bilingual) group who could speak both German and English. The aim of the study was to answer the following question:  "Are two languages two people?"

The German-speaking group and the other English-speaking group were shown video clips of a woman walking towards a car or a man riding a bike towards the supermarket, and were asked to express these scenes. The group, whose mother tongue was German, tended to say the purpose of the action with the action. For example, "A man is riding a bike to the supermarket". Native English speakers only talked about the action itself: "A man is riding a bike".

The same activity was applied to the bilingual group who can speak both German and English, and the result was really interesting. When Bilingual participants described the action in German, they expressed the beginning and end of the scene as a whole as "The man got on his bike and rode to the supermarket." When they spoke English, they preferred to simply tell the action.

As you can see from this research, the language we speak has a very important role in our perception of the world and events and in shaping our way of thinking. 

2.     You Can Travel The World!

Since English, also known as "lingua franca", that is the "common language", is global so you can travel to anywhere in the world by speaking English freely and without having any difficulty.  Moreover, you can make friends from all over the world!

3.     It Increases Your Self Confidence

There is probably no person who doesn't want to learn a foreign language. Knowing a second language is desired by almost everyone. But, unfortunately, not every person takes this responsibility and as a result cannot learn the language.

A person who learns English gains respect from his social environment and becomes a person whose opinion is consulted, as he can easily reach other cultures and people due to his second language and the person will be proud of himself for his progress and achievements, and his confidence will increase.

 4. English Keeps Your Brain Busy and Improves Your Memory

Just like the muscles, the brain needs exercise. Only by learning and thinking something new can we keep it active. Learning new words, constructing sentences in new forms, reading & understanding English texts, writing in English are some of the best activities for your brain.

Also, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, thanks to a new language, you can interpret the whole world out of the usual ways, which will be one of the most efficient exercises for your brain.

Another benefit of learning a new language is that it strengthens the memory. I have mentioned it before in my blog posts: According to researches, bilingualism delays Alzheimer's for up to 5 years. It has been stated in a study conducted in India that bilingual individuals who are susceptible to Alzheimer's, a neurological disorder, show dementia syndromes 4.5 years later than monolingual ones.

5.  Job Opportunities Increase At Least 2 Times

The world's largest and most successful companies require their employees to speak English. But why?

As the world globalizes and evolves, people need to exchange more information and therefore communicate more with each other, it is very natural. English, which we call Lingua Franca, is our common language globally and fulfills this need.

English does not only provide you with employment in your own country, you will have many opportunities on a global scale.

6.     You Will Never Fall Back from Popular Culture

Learning a language doesn't just consist of a set of rules and words. Language, which is a changing, developing and living phenomenon, also teaches you culture. While learning English, you will learn the culture, lifestyle, customs and habits of the British people.

Someone who has not grasped the culture of the language cannot make sense of the idioms, proverbs, and stereotypes she uses while speaking English and experiences disconnection.

Besides the general culture of the society, there are ongoing trends and popular formations in the world. These formations range from fashion to music, from health to science. An individual who learns the global common language, English, is unlikely to fall behind from these trends and popular culture.

7.   You Have Unlimited Gate To Information

Even when you make a straight calculation, you will see that a person who knows a language can only benefit from resources in their native language, while a person who has learned English will have much faster access to information. The reason is pretty straightforward: sifted English resources for a monolingual person are still an option for an English learner / learned person.

At the same time, since English is the world's common language, many scientific researches are conducted in English. This means that you can easily access the books and articles published by a French, German or Canadian.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020