In the competitive world we live in, setting yourself apart is crucial. We can do that in so many ways: being disciplined enough to stay physically fit, getting advanced degrees, or taking classes to perfect your leadership skills. But, have you ever thought how learning a new language could open you up to a whole new world while giving you an edge over the competition?
Having the ability to speak and understand two languages (bilingualism) comes with perks. Speaking two languages enhances your cognitive skills, improves mental health, and in many cases, comes with a higher paycheck.
More Job Opportunities
Let’s look at the numbers, shall we? U.S. Census data reveals that more that 66 percent of North American recruiters agree that being bilingual is becoming increasingly more important as the work force diversifies at an astonishingly fast pace. Multiple studies show that speaking a foreign language can increase your salary by 1.5 to 3 percent! Even a small increase in pay can go a long way.
Boost Your Brain!
Experts say time and time again that learning a second language comes with built-in health benefits. Speaking another language can slow the aging process of the brain! Bilingualism can improve focus and mental cognition. Not only that but learning and speaking another language slows cognitive decline. Lists and sequences become easier to learn and retain. Those with Alzheimer’s Disease who are also bilinguals, show symptoms five to six years later that those who speak just one language.
How to Get Started
There’s an entire world out there for you to discover through language. Whether you want to rekindle your love-hate relationship with Spanish or pay homage to your ancestors by learning German, the possibilities are endless, particularly where learning options are concerned. From programs like Rosetta Stone, to mobile apps like Duolingo and Babbel, you can quite literally unlock new worlds in the palm of your hand!
Now, the Fun Part!
Think of all the increased opportunities that will come your way once you’re bilingual: make new, international friends, join a language society and communicate with even more people. Enjoy overseas travel even more as you exude the confidence that comes with the power to communicate. While there, you can do your own bidding, bargaining, ordering and exploring while practicing your new favorite hobby. Learning a new language can actually help with writing and communicating in your native language as you revisit and are reminded of the rules of grammar and pronunciation. This can certainly build and grow self-esteem and confidence!
Once you have a handle on the language of your choice, why not explore your travel options! For more information on how Capitol Concierge can help make your bilingual and travel dreams a reality for your life and the lives of your tenants and their employees, check out our website.