There is an inherent prejudice that you can’t learn a new skill, such as a new language past a certain age. People are under the impression that their brains are too ‘slow’ and aren’t young enough to process so much new information. Many times, when you see younger generations communicating with their peers in English, you feel that you are being overlooked or left out due to language barrier. You wish to have had an opportunity to learn English so that you can communicate and be part of the conversations. This blog discusses the benefits of learning English language in later life.
Here is a list of some reasons why it’s never too late to learn English:
- The modern means of communication such as technology have brought the world closer together. English is the most widely spoken language, with 1.5 billion speakers worldwide, learning English is more important than ever in today’s interconnected world. English is the most predominant language of global communication, notably on the internet. We, as a country, have expanded our boundaries with technology. Learning English makes it easier for us to communicate via the internet or when we travel abroad for personal or professional reasons.
- In a corporate world, whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects or want to be able to converse with people from all over the globe. Having a good command of the English language is an added expertise which makes you versatile and stand out when it comes to interacting with foreign clientele.
- Adults can often learn languages faster than children simply because of their in general learning experience. With all the different methods of learning that exists, as adults you have been around long enough to have picked up on which of these methods might work best for you.
- The best way of learning and cementing the learning of a new language is to practice the skill. The English language can be a medium where you connect more with your children especially with the ones studying in English medium schools. You can create an environment at home, family holiday and so forth where you alongside your children can practice communicating in English.
- Motivation is the key to success, something that ebbs and flows with life. When you reach a certain age it’s important to be self-motivated, thus learning becomes a pleasure, not a compulsion like back in school or college. You have decided to invest in a language for your personality development, you are committed to learning a new language, all this valuable will keep you motivated.
- The ability to speak English is all about confidence, after all it’s just a language. You’ve spent years using and observing your native language which has provided a wonderful base of knowledge and confidence. When you meet somebody who is unfamiliar with your native language you will have English to fall back on and converse with the new acquaintance. All this means you have picked up on small bits and pieces of information about language and communication, their annunciation, spotted grammatical patterns and similarities between words which in turn boost your confidence to have one more language under your hat.