If you’re not already studying a new language, you should start right away!
But why learn a foreign language?
While there are many reasons, here are some compelling justification!
“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Because the limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”Ludwig Wittgenstein
The 20th Century Quote by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein still rings true today.
Language learning allows you to critical thinking skills and problem-solving when deciphering a language’s vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, meaning, sounds, and orthography.
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Bilinguals are more smarter than you think
According to Pennsylvania State University research, Juggling can build better brains since one can easily switch between different structures.
If you’re intrigued, read Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s article on why bilinguals are smarter.
One main advantage of learning a foreign language in India is that bilinguals are better at prioritizing tasks, problem-solvers, multitasking, and making more rational decisions.
As per the lead researcher, Dr. Viorica Marian, “Using another language provides the built-in brain exercise.
You don’t have to go out to do a puzzle because the brain is already constantly juggling two languages.”
Career Benefits of Learning Foreign Language in India
It may sound like a cliché. But in an increasingly globalized economy, if your C.V. accolades a foreign language. Well, your chances of being hired are more significant for you than for those who don’t speak any.
The proficiency will allow you to showcase yourself as a global employee and help find foreign language jobs in BPO, KPO, and multinational corporations, i.e., MNCs.
Mastering any foreign language is never easy.
It is a complex system that takes a lot of time, effort, persistence, patience, and discipline.
One would be surprised to know that a significant majority give up after the Beginner’s level or half-way.
It is one of the main reasons why employees who know of it are much harder to replace.
For some people, careers requiring foreign languages can be an academic pursuit. At the same time, it is a vital skill for many.
Whether it is financial returns or moving to other countries, or as a hobby, or just learning some essential expression for traveling, learning opens up doors to new worlds.
Knowledge gives you insights into a different culture, history, and tradition.
You can access and enjoy the different music, arts, movies, sports, customs, and contemporary socio-cultural practices developed in other regions over the millennia.
One cannot be genuinely fluent in any language without somewhat understanding the culture, history, and customs of the country.
“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”Geoffrey Willans
Jobs for Teacher, Translators, and Interpreters
Learning different languages improves our understanding of our native language.
It gives us the ability to communicate with people we would otherwise not have the chance to know. The second one helps you understand better the previous one.
Many CBSE, ICSE & international schools and colleges have introduced it into their curriculum.
These days, many companies and private institutes are looking for foreign language teachers for their corporate and professional courses.
With a growing number of students opting to learn various foreign languages, those fluent in the corresponding language are often deployed as teachers.
Many companies need language experts to communicate, live events, meetings, conferences, or documentation in their essential work.
Such companies highly pay translators and interpreters.
The world is becoming a smaller place.
As a result, a translator and interpreter as a career option is a lucrative avenue in foreign languages.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”Frank Smith
Language Experts in MNC, Embassy & other sectors
On the one hand, many International companies are setting their regional offices in India.
And on another side, many Indian companies are looking to expand into other countries.
India has emerged as the fastest-growing export market for Africa, South America, Eastern Asian countries.
Suppose you’re fluent in a foreign language. In that case, it could help you land a job involving languages in many such Indian and international companies in India and abroad.
Job prospect in the export and import sector is full of career opportunities.
With the advent of globalization and outsourcing, many BPO and KPO industries offer excellent career scope for those who know a foreign language in India.
ITES and outsourcing have brought plenty of job choices paving the way for learning foreign languages in India.
Adding it to your CV is a surefire way to get a decent job in this sector. The salary for language specialists is usually higher than for other professionals.
It is one of the vital advantages and career assets.
Million of Foreigners visit India every year, and the number keeps on increasing year after year. They look for a person who can explain things in their native language.
Proficiency is a fundamental prerequisite for successful communication in the ever-growing tourism industry.
It is a crucial component if you want to pursue a career in the hospitality, travel, and tourism sector.
Learning to speak a foreign language fluently is advantageous for finding a job in a wide range of sectors. It includes Diplomacy, fashion, retailing, Journalism, automotive, luxury goods, international business, aeronautics, and the list continues to grow.
It plays a critical role if you are seeking a job in the embassy and Foreign services worldwide.
Indian students are flocking abroad for their higher studies, and the number has risen significantly in the last few years.
One of the main reasons behind their choice is that the Indian job market appreciates a top international university degree.
Another reason to learn a foreign language is if you are looking to move to Non-English speaking countries. This can be France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, etc.
“A different language is a different vision of life.”Federico Fellini
Immigration, Travelling, Opportunities abroad for Indians
If you are planning a holiday in a Non-English speaking country, traveling through a foreign country becomes much easier if you can speak the language of that country.
Fluency isn’t compulsory.
However, locals always appreciate that you’ve taken the time to learn and communicate in their tongue.
It shows a higher level of respect and is an easy way to meet new people.
When you move to a different country, learning the local language will help you communicate and integrate with the local community.
Acquiring foreign language knowledge in India or abroad will help you to find lots of job possibilities.
Do you plan to go to Québec (Canada) or the Catalonia region of Spain or the world’s fashion capital, i.e., Paris or Milan?
Language proficiency will help you advance your career to get your dream job in various multinational and multilateral organizations.
Do you want to build a successful career or plan to add this skill? Maybe you’re interested in changing careers to a new and growing field.
Then there are lots of pros of learning a foreign language.
It gives you a competitive edge over those who haven’t yet become bilingual.
“It’s never too late to learn another one.”
If you are thinking about why to learn a foreign language for whatever reason. Well, in that case, evidence suggests it’s a sound investment.
Sir why didn’t you mention the Korean language in the above article. Korean is in high demand globally. I am a 12th persuing student and I love to learn Korean.
This article is about why to learn a language, and not which language to learn.
I love Indian languages.
Sir, I just completed my BHMS, but I have an interest in learning different foreign languages. Please sir suggest me some of them so that I can learn one of them and can I choose it as my career option?
You can pick one of the popular languages like French, Spanish, German, Japanese, etc. and start learning it. Yes, you can make a career out of it.
Sir, I’m planning to do BA (hon) in French after class 12. Can you suggest me some colleges? And after that is it the right choice for an MBA? Or what else would you suggest for a masters degree?
You can check BA in French.
Sir, I want to know about foreign language courses and the opportunity that we can get after completing it.
That would be difficult to answer in a few lines. You can read some of the articles on these topics. — START
I am a BBA graduate (2018) with 5 months of work experience in recruitment. I was preparing for MBA entrance exams but not getting a good b-school. Now I am looking for making a career in one of the foreign languages (most probably German or Japanese) and doing distance MBA from Narsee Monjee. I am having reading your blogs since morning. I got a lot but can you suggest to me if it would be the right decision with good future prospects? And which language would be best? Pls, suggest.
Yes, foreign language skills are useful in all aspects of life. However, initially, don’t depend on that until you achieve at least intermediate-level proficiency. Unfortunately, no language is best. I guess you have to spend a few more days to reach a conclusion.
Please suggest me for a course about the French language. I need to learn the language at a primary level.
Where you want to study? You can try one of the 20 L’Alliance Française centers in India.
Sir can I go to learn Spanish language after I complete my 12th? If yes what’s the procedure?
Yes. You can try for a BA in Spanish. Depending on Universities, the admission is either based on cut-off marks or entrance test. You can also join any reputed private centre with an aim to achieve higher proficiency like DELE C1. The admission is usually based on first-come and first-served.
Sir, is it possible to do a course of foreign language when we never studied it earlier??
Of course. You don’t need any prior knowledge of the language concerned if you want to enroll in any language course starting from scratch.
Yes, you can apply in jnu in b.a foreign language. There is no place for a foreign language better than jnu. So start preparing for jnu entrance.
Sir is there a course in BA Japanese in BHU after 12th standard? When is the entrance exam and what is the course for entrance exam?
You can apply in February or March when the forms will be available. You can find all the details at – Language Courses in BHU.
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As UGC had granted legal status to pursue two degrees together at one time, one regular and one through correspondence. My question is – However legal it is in education system, how valid it is in professional life? I mean I’ve been hearing a lot from my friends and parents that if one shows such kind of two-degree status in job-seeking platform, then employers would not approve either of the degrees herby claiming the degree status as nil.
Also, hearings such as – in government based examinations, they won’t approve two degrees status at one time.. And make the registration form invalid.’
I want to pursue two degrees at one go, BEd from regular mode and MA through correspondence mode. I know it’s legal to do both, but no idea as how far would these two degrees be valid in job-seeking platform. Please tell me your opinion in such matter.
Legally, one can pursue two degree courses at same time. If you just want degrees, then it should be fine. However for career, that phase is long gone. Today beyond minimum prerequisite criteria, multiple degrees or distance learning are not considered as valuable as knowledge and experience. It’s myth that multiple degrees make better C.V., Most recruiters will cast their doubts on the quality of such degree when you were doing two at the same time. Pursue only one & may be some short-term course simultaneously.
I am studying 11th standard and I avoid tamil language and I take french language.It is any problem for government exams for government jobs in tamilnadu
Barring few Government jobs, Nowhere Hindi or any regional language like Tamil is required (At least not in my knowledge). Knowledge is important for Gov. jobs but not mandatory to study in high school or College. Continue with French!
Which foreign language is good and offer lots of opportunities.
Read – Which foreign language to learn in India.
Is the German language is suitable for future and job opportunities, sir?