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  • Karina Fortier

Why Everyone Should Learn a Second Language

Up until the 1960s, it was generally believed that children who grew up learning two languages were at a disadvantage, because they would spend too much time and energy learning and filtering words in two categories.

But numerous studies have shown that these opinions clearly lacked foundation. Here are only a few of the many reasons why everyone should learn a second (or third, or fourth!) language.

Traveling & understanding other cultures

It's quite obvious that if you take a trip to Mexico, your experience as an English-speaking tourist will be entirely different than if you went there remembering your #high_school_Spanish (but how many of us do, honestly??). In the first case, sure you'll enjoy the beach and eating good Mexican and what not. But if you #speak_Spanish, you will actually make Mexican friends, have interesting #conversation_exchanges, understand the culture, and you won't fall in the trap of adding that green sauce to your taco because that's the EXTRA SPICY SAUCE!!

Increased job opportunities

OK, all jokes aside: in today's international economy and extremely competitive job market, many companies can now afford to make #bilingualism a requirement for potential employees. According to the New American Economy journal, the demand for #bilingual_workers in the U.S. more than doubled in five years from 2012 to 2017. “In today’s global economy, businesses require employees who can serve customers in a variety of languages,” said John Feinblatt, chairman of New American Economy. And you can only expect this demand to continue increasing, so...what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the game and learn that second language!

More complex and #healthier_brains

Mia Nacamulli, a Communications specialist, explains: ''Recent studies have shown that #multilingual_brains have a higher density of the grey matter (which contains most of your brain's neurones and synapses), and more activity in certain regions when engaging in a #second_language. This heightened activity delays the onset of Alzheimer's and Dementia by at least five years.''

She also points to another study showing that the effort needed to switch between two languages strengthens the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex, which plays a large role in executive function (problem-solving, multi-tasking, and focusing while filtering information). So perhaps learning a second language doesn't directly make your smarter, but it does keep your brain more active and healthier for longer. And who wouldn't want that?

Learn a second language with native speakers

Now that you know that learning a #foreign_language makes traveling way more fun and authentic, is a great asset for your professional career, and keeps your brain more active and healthier, you must be really impatient to get started, aren't you?

The OCTB platform allows you to learn a foreign language with native speakers anywhere in the world. The AI of the platform measures your progress on a lesson-by-lesson basis, and even gives you personalized homework to complete afterwards. Plus, you'll build friendships with people on the other side of the globe, and perhaps even visit them during your next trip!

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