Why Language Learning Isn’t Just for Businesses

<p><a href="https://www.mondly.com/business">Language learning for business</a> forms part of a powerful corporate benefits package. It allows ambitious business giants like Forbes to support their employees’ careers, reach international markets, enhance customer service and increase cultural understanding.</p>
<p>But the benefits reach far beyond this.</p>
<p>Learning a new language will enhance your team members’ entire lives. Not only will it provide them with a much-needed opportunity for personal growth but also boost their thinking skills, enhance their creativity and help them feel more fulfilled in the workplace.</p>
<p>Clearly, this will also contribute to the success of your business. As professional development magazine, <a href="https://trainingmag.com/how-language-learning-can-impact-your-business/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">Training Mag</a> says, “<em>&#8230;language learning is such an under-leveraged opportunity, especially given the clear business need for it.</em>” When you invest in your staff, you will provide conditions that allow them to thrive so they can continue to be an asset to your business.</p>
<p>Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="https://www.mondly.com/blog/2020/06/09/benefits-multilingualism/">benefits of language learning</a> for both your business and your employees alike.</p>
<h2>1. Language learning help you connect better with others</h2>
<p>One of the most powerful ways to connect with a diverse range of people and cultures is to learn a foreign language. Making the effort to learn another person’s language demonstrates understanding, international awareness and a willingness to expand your horizons for the greater good.</p>
<p>Native speakers will also appreciate the gesture, even if your employee only masters a few basic phrases in the language and will become more likely to share their insight and build connections.</p>
<p>By fostering their international communication skills in this way, your employees will also understand what it takes to <a href="https://www.mondly.com/blog/2021/03/15/language-barrier-business/">bridge any language barrier</a> and make meaningful connections with people from all walks of life.</p>
<h2>2. And enhances your thinking skills</h2>
<p>Language learning also provides <a href="https://www.mondly.com/blog/2021/02/22/benefits-corporate-language-learn... cognitive benefits </a>that will allow your employee to boost their creativity, problem-solving skills and encourage them to think outside of the box.</p>
<p>Studies suggest that new languages are stored in different parts of the brain than our native tongues and take more effort to process and recall.</p>
<p>When communicating in this new language, we’re forced to listen more intently and focus more. We need to recall new vocabulary, revise key grammatical structures and persuade our mouths to make new sounds.</p>
<p>Each of these language learning activities forces our brains to work harder, increasing the volume and density of grey brain matter and forming new neural connections. With more effective thinking skills, your employee can optimize their performance in the workplace, <a href="https://www.mondly.com/blog/2019/07/16/why-learning-a-new-language-is-go... target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">stave off Alzheimer’s</a> and make the most of any opportunity that comes their way.</p>
<h2>3. It also improves your travel experiences</h2>
<p>When your employee can communicate in a foreign language, they will be able to break out of the tourist bubble when traveling abroad for business or leisure.</p>
<p>Instead of believing the stereotype that Parisians are rude, for example, they will start understanding what makes locals tick and start making those meaningful connections that open doors.</p>
<p>With their new language skills under their belt, daily activities such as getting around, ordering food and enjoying the highlights of the destinations will be easier and they’ll be less likely to get ripped off by unscrupulous people.</p>
<h2>4. Boosts your confidence and self-esteem</h2>
<p>By learning a foreign language, employees can overcome their perceived limits (even if they were terrible at languages when they were at school!) and boost their self-confidence and self-esteem in the process.</p>
<p>The innovative technological tools available via apps such as <a href="https://www.mondly.com/business" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mondly</a> provide an effective language learning platform that helps learners reach their goals without stress. Because they provide constant feedback and metrics, your employees will see that with focus and dedication, anything is possible.</p>
<p>Learning a new language also forces <a href="https://www.mondly.com/blog/2021/04/14/speaking-english-for-business/">l... to take calculated risks</a> before they feel ready yet notice how they can push through and succeed. This enhances both their work and personal lives and allows them to push through hurdles that they may come across.</p>
<p><em>“Confidence gives employees the ability to problem solve in difficult situations, even when they’re running up against tight deadlines,</em>” says <a href="https://worklifepartnership.org/confident-employees/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Worklife Partnership</a>, “<em>Confident employees are also more willing to take on new projects and get outside of their comfort zones because they aren’t stymied by the fear of making mistakes.”</em></p>
<h2>5. And promotes better decision making</h2>
<p>Language learning helps a person distance themselves from emotional interference and can allow them to make more effective decisions for the common good, according to <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797617720944" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">research from the University of Chicago</a>.</p>
<p>“<em>We discovered that people who used a foreign language were not more concerned with maximizing the benefit”</em>, said Doctor of Psychology Sayuri Hayakawa, <em>“Rather they have less aversion to violating the taboos that could interfere with the decision-making process, maximizing utility”.</em></p>
<p>This offers clear benefits for businesses that need to avoid biases in order to maximize revenue and achieve optimal results.</p>
<p>But individuals can also benefit from this phenomenon in their personal lives too. With the freedom to make clear-headed decisions, they are more likely to choose the right career path, decide whether a relationship is right for them and live happier and more fulfilling lives.</p>
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