Learning a foreign language
LEARNING a foreign language can boost your brain in terms of problem-solving abilities and creativity. Here’s how it can help you boost your personal success.
Learning a language isn’t simply translating. For example, in English we speak of people as “he” or “she” but objects are “it” whereas in Malay “dia” can mean all three but in German, Frau (“woman”) is feminine and Man (“man”) is masculine but Mädchen (“Girl”) is neutral.
One knock-on effect is that forcing your mind into new ways of thinking boosts your creativity and your problem solving.
A language mirrors the culture of the people that created it, so learning it gives you an insight into how other communities think.
This process means you gain a more profound understanding of your own culture too. It will give you insight into why you do certain things a certain way, and suggest alternative ways of looking at the world.
That’s important because it means you gain cross-cultural perspective – something that will boost your career.
Gives you new perspective: Better multicultural skills: