Every day we make decisions that affect our future, but have you ever thought about the impact learning a foreign language could have on your life? When I made the decision to start studying French around three years ago, I never imagined the varied ways it would end up influencing the rest of my life. Arguably, learning any foreign language can have a positive influence on you, but if you’ve picked French, here are some amazing ways it will change your life for the better!
Travelling gets easier
There are nearly 30 countries around the globe where French is spoken as a language. From Europe, to Africa, to the North American continent, you can find French speakers all around the world! Knowing this language will hugely benefit you because it makes travelling and visiting these places a heck of a lot easier. You’ll be able to veer off the standard tourist trails and really explore France, Madagascar, Haiti or a multitude of other amazing nations!
Culture grows closer
There is no better way to truly delve into a culture than by learning the language. Being able to speak French will make it easier for you to foster strong and lasting relationships with native speakers in other countries. Locals always appreciate it when foreigners make a genuine effort to speak their tongue, and you’ll find it a lot easier to make friends, which will lead to a deeper exploration of their culture, too. And by learning the nuances of the French language, you’ll be unlocking the fascinating features of the culture as well.
Career opportunities increase
Did you know that by learning French you’ll actually be giving your career a boost too? Bilingual and multilingual employees are always considered assets to companies, and not just because they’re capable of travelling easily to different countries for business. Learning French will increase your ability to multi-task and problem-solve, both of which are considered very desirable traits by potential employers.
Your brain stays happy
Hobbies are an excellent way to help you unwind from the stress and strain of your work life, and we all need good hobbies to get us through those tough days. Choosing to learn French as a hobby can provide you with some quality fun time, all the while teaching you important skills! By making French your hobby, you’ll be increasing your knowledge and challenging yourself. Taking French lessons and working with native speakers through sites like Listen & Learn, Babbel or even using resources from the BBC can help to give your confidence and self-esteem a serious boost, which translates to, you guessed it, a happier brain!
At the end of the day, learning French is definitely a win-win situation—regardless of whether you’re doing it to further your career or simply for the joy of learning. The French language will continue to influence and impact your life in a positive way long after you’ve stopped taking lessons and moved on to other things. All it takes is one decision to change your life!