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Why should you learn French? (Or any language other than English for that matter)

I get this question a lot and I want to give you a satisfactory answer.  To do that, let’s step back a bit and look at what language learning has done for me personally, then the research-based reasons, and finally we’ll get into why French should be the language you chose.

I know, I know. You can go your whole life driving around the US or even traveling to foreign countries and staying in “tourist” areas and get along with English just fine.

Yes, you can. If you want to spend your whole life as a “tourist”.

By tourist, I mean someone who travels solely for their own pleasure. It’s a hobby entirely focused around you and your happiness. You know the saying, “don’t act like such a tourist“. Yeah, natives everywhere abhor tourists who barge into every place like they own it, disrespectfully touch and explore every inch of someplace new, and are only good for the money they give to the local economy.

You can also be a tourist by searching on Google or pinning beautiful places on Pinterest but never actually learning about the people and the culture of these places.

Don’t be a tourist.

Learning a second language opens the windows to understanding a new culture. Whether you end up traveling to exotic locations or not, the journey you go through to learn a second language will bless and uplift your life in so many ways. Here are just a few.

 

My Life Changed When I Started Learning French

I’ve always had this dream to become bilingual, but I never really had the chance to learn. I took a few classes in High School, and again in college, but there were other priorities that took precedence.

So I just never got around to it.

Then after I got married, I found out I was pregnant and we prepared for our little one to join our lives. We did research on the best car seat, stroller. We also looked into best ways to raise a child, how to be a parent and so many other things.

I knew I wanted to be a SAHM (stay at home mom) with my children because of the experiences and things I had seen growing up. Yet I was far from prepared for what that lifestyle would actually be like.

Those first few months were so rough. I was lost, depressed, and oh so lonely. We moved around a lot as my husband finished school and we didn’t stay in one place for more than 4-8 months for a while.

Making friends as a mom is hard enough without moving around constantly.

Stay at Home Mom Depression

Yes, it’s a real thing.

I tried “homemaking” and “crafty” hobbies that I thought moms were “supposed” to do, but I honestly found no enjoyment from them at all.

For the longest time, I thought I was broken somehow.

And then I started learning French.

I found out that I loved it.

Learning French was intellectually stimulating, gave me a challenge and new personal goals, it broadened my worldview beyond the walls of my home.

It also gave me friends.

My friends were my online tutors. Oh, how I look forward to talking with someone “face-to-face” about something not kid related. 

Sure, I had to pay them, but they were dependable, they never canceled on me because someone was sick or sleeping (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

They also encouraged me to have goals and work towards those goals.

Even just one class a week at a scheduled time gave me something to look forward to.

I became a better and happier mom as well as a happier and more driven wife.

Truly, I felt like myself again.

 

Research-Based Benefits of Learning a Second Language

1. Learning a second language actually helps increase your mental capacities. Multiple studies have shown that learning a second language strengthens your memory, improves your problem-solving skills, increases mental focus and your ability to block out unnecessary distraction, improves decision-making abilities, and builds your brain.

Think of it as a mental work out. If you want beautifully toned biceps, you have to lift weights to get them.  If you want a beautiful, alert, and sharp mind you also have to do a workout.

 

2. A second language helps build connections with others. Sure, so many of the people you meet daily speak English. And you probably don’t even talk to the ones that don’t speak English. But how much better would our world be if you actually understood something about the language and culture of other people around you?

I cannot begin to count how many people I have met whose native language is French. Having that connection with them that we can both speak their native language is an amazing connection.

You would be surprised to learn how many people would feel so connected and comforted just by knowing they could talk to someone else in their native tongue. Even though they do speak English, it feels a bit like home to find someone that also speaks their native language.

Who knows, you might become best friends.

3. Similar to the point above, learning a second language can help deepen your connection with, and understanding of, other people and cultures. If you do choose to travel, you won’t stick out like an annoying tourist. You won’t get the grumpy looks and rude gestures. In fact, you may find that you enjoy your trip more completely because you do understand more of their culture instead of expecting them to just know yours.

 

4. Find empowerment through learning a second language.  Though not learning a language is not directly correlated to your specific struggles and difficulties in your daily life, learning a language will give you the empowerment to believe in yourself.

Because of the journey and experience of learning a second language, you acquire the strength to do difficult things, believe in your ability to overcome challenges, determination to keep moving forward, and the refreshed mentality you need to find new solutions to the difficulties you face.

So no, it’s not directly going to take away all your pain, challenges, and difficulties. But it will help you grown into the person who is able to overcome the challenges instead of being overwhelmed by them.

Not quite sure how this works? We’ll talk more about experiential education in another post.

 Still looking for more research-proven reasons?

5. Increase your confidence in your abilities. Learning a second language can increase your personal confidence. You know that elusive self-esteem people talk about and can be lost so easily sometimes? Yeah, you can’t build that by taking a course on self-confidence.

You have to accomplish and overcome other things and that will give you the confidence to go forward and believe in your ability to work through anything that comes.

Let me get you in on a little secret: there is no such thing as a quick fix.

Nope, nowhere.

Learning a language gives you the process, determination, and confidence you need to go forward and do difficult things, move out of your comfort zone, and be confident even when you make mistakes.

 

6. You can find a fun career or volunteer work when you know a second language. Do you love your job? Or are you happily retired? People always need some sort of work to do and when you learn a second language, that increases your work prospects and can actually lead to some fun opportunities abroad.

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Why Learn French?

Ok, so learning a second language can be a huge benefit to you mentally, socially, and even change your lifestyle.

But why learn French?

Honestly, you really could go out and learn any language you want. Learn how to get started on your own, find a good tutor or someone to practice speaking with, and then get to it.

I can help you get started learning any language, but I can’t help you learn specifics, because I don’t speak them all. However, I can help you learn French. My methods are very organized with a logical progression, help you learn to speak with proper pronunciation, and make learning fun.

I’m here to help you out so you can see the joys of learning a language.

Don’t believe me? Test it out! Get the free resource list below.

You’ll be having conversations in French in no time!

You can do this!

**DISCLAIMERS: This post may contain links to affiliate content. Please note that I always recommend products that are in your best interest and not mine. Please also know that I am not a native French speaker and my pronunciation is not perfect, however, I can definitely help you improve your pronunciation and get to a point where you can converse with native speakers and they can fine-tune your pronunciation.

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