As a translator, you’re obviously expected to know more than one language. But have you ever considered adding more languages to your linguistic repertoire? Well, thanks to the fantastic resources available on the internet, there’s never been a better time to start.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at five good reasons to start learning another language, and maybe you’ll be inspired to begin learning a new language too!
Reason 1. To meet new people
The more languages you know the more possibilities to meet new and exciting people unfold before you. Whilst it’s possible to communicate without using words, you’ll never be able to get to know someone properly without speaking a language common to both of you.
Who knows what opportunities could arise from meeting a new contact? But without being able to communicate with them, you’ll never have the chance to find out!
Reason 2. To immerse yourself in a culture
If you’ve ever spent time in another country then you’ll know how important it is to understand the native language to properly immerse yourself in that country’s culture.
Without a grasp of the country’s language, you won’t be able to engage with their literature, TV or music. If you’re able to make some small talk with a client about aspects of their culture then they’re likely to feel at home and comfortable with you.
Reason 3. To reflect on human communication
The more languages you learn the more you understand about how humans communicate and about how culture can shape a language. If you’re the philosophical type, then you’re likely to be fascinated by the insight into human communication that knowing a multitude of languages can provide.
On the other hand, the more you understand about communicative concepts such as interpretation, syntax and semantics, the better you will be at conversing with your clients and working on their documents.
Reason 4. To understand your own language better
When studying a new language, chances are that you will learn a great deal more about your own language in the process. For example, many words in English derive from Greek or Latin, and understanding a certain word’s origin is an effective way to broaden your vocabulary and linguistic expertise.
Reason 5. You’re not young forever
As we age, certain tasks become more challenging than when we were younger due to the way our brains develop. When it comes to languages, this certainly rings true.
Whilst it’s always beneficial to learn another language in whatever stage of life you’re at, putting off learning another language because you think you’ll have more time to do so when you’re older might actually make learning it significantly harder!
Do you feel ready to take up a new language? What were your reasons for learning the languages you know already? Please do share your thought with us below.