12 Awesome Reasons to Learn a Second Language
How many languages do you speak? One? Four perhaps?
Speaking foreign languages has many benefits.
From that amazing feeling of pride when you successfully communicate with native speakers, through health benefits that help your brain stay young to more possibilities for different jobs.
Yes, you’ve read that right.
Knowing extra languages can help you get extra money as well as better opportunities to choose jobs.
With the 7 following foreign language jobs, we hope that we will encourage more of you to start learning a language on your own or with tutors.
And when you get into the language world, very soon, you will realize how amusing and amazing is to know more than one language.
And now, let’s dive in.
Luckily for us, we live in a modern era where we can easily travel from one part of the planet to the other. Seeing many different things, meeting new cultures, customs, and people is an amazing experience.
But if you don’t speak the language of the country you are visiting, you can’t enjoy it that much.
If you don’t know what the locals are talking about or which story is behind the town you are staying in, it isn’t so fun.
Once again, we are lucky, because, in this modern world, we have people that are the bridge between languages and different cultures thanks to their language knowledge. They are tour guides.
Tourist guides are like treasures for any tourist. That’s why more and more people choose tourist guide packages while visiting different countries.
When someone can explain to you and help you in your language and on the other side, to normally communicate with others in their native language, both sides are satisfied.
As well as they, the tourist guides, believe us.
Everything we know today we have to thank the translators.
Even though today we have many helpful translation apps, translators are heroes behind the scene.
Translators usually translate from their target, second language to their native. They translate different types of documents and written words from classic literature to specific documents.
There are different types of translators.
Literal translators usually translate books, novels, and poetry. The main point of this type of translation is to get the feeling, along with proper words and expressions, of the book, as well as emotions.
Unlike them, specialized translators seem to have an easier job. But that’s just at first sight. Some of these types of translators, such as legal or medical translators require accuracy, where there is no place for mistakes or consequences can be severe.
It’s not easy to become a translator but if you are fond of foreign languages the feeling is priceless. If you think that you should become a translator, in the following post you can find useful tips on how to become a translator.
Here’s one more language profession where people are like language bridges.
The interpreter’s job is to make sure both sides, speakers of two different languages, accurate and right information from each other.
Similar to translators, interpreters work in spoken form, while translators are usually connected to the written form.
Interpreters mainly work at courts, some public events, although they aren’t someone you’ll notice. They are an eye and an ear for the others.
When one person says something in one language, the interpreter has to accurately and quickly translate the words to the other person in his native language, different from the first one.
If you want to become an interpreter you’ll have to give your best effort to speak more than two languages fluently.
If you speak more than one language, the first option everyone comes to their mind is to teach other people the languages they know.
Besides being a great and interesting job, it is also a noble one, where you help others get to know the beauty of other languages but also learn about different cultures and customs.
And in the teachers’ world, there are several types of tutors. If you want to teach in schools, that is, to become a classroom teacher, besides speaking languages you have to have a college degree.
Private tutors are people who teach languages 1-on-1 with one student. Being a private tutor is an amazing experience especially because you can commit yourself to one person and teach him the language properly.
Today, more and more people teach languages online, which is one more benefit for both sides. From the comfort of your home, you can teach others as efficiently as you would do face to face. Justlearn tutors are one of them.
As we’ve already mentioned we live in a world where we can easily travel and meet other people and cultures.
We can also easily connect companies that are not only culturally different but in language, too.
So, how does the communication go between two distinct companies? Who knows all about schedules, working procedures, or managing expectations.
Those are liaison officers.
They aren’t just translators to convert documents from one language to the other, nor interpreters to accurately and fast convert one person's thoughts to the others.
Liaison officers are the ones who are responsible to make two companies get along and work on big projects.
Speaking several languages is a must for this call, but it is also an entertaining and active job, where you can always meet new people, improve your language skills, and gain experience.
When first appeared, YouTube was mainly known for music videos and sometimes some funny commercials.
Over time, YouTube has grown up to the largest company in the world and the largest place where you can find practically anything you need.
Creating your own channel on YouTube and talking or showing something you are good at, is also one of the jobs you can do if you speak more languages.
But before you start your own channel, you have to do a little research, decide what you would like to be your main topic, meet your audience, and generally have an idea about what you want to achieve with your channel.
If you, for example, speak English, Spanish, and French, you are obviously good at languages, so you can start a language learning channel.
Don’t forget to make high-quality videos that are entertaining and that can get more followers and viewers to watch your videos and to actually learn something useful.
Therefore, writing about languages, how to learn them, or giving some tips on how to efficiently learn them is one more advantage of speaking more than one language.
In order to be different in the ocean of ordinary blogs, you have to think ahead.
Open yourself up to your readers. Be sincere and useful to them. Make them know that you are there for them. Read comments, communicate in that way with the readers.
Writing blog articles only won’t help you be an active blogger and get more followers.
Even though blogs are mainly in English, speaking other languages can help you write articles about them, or for example, writing about your language learning path, which difficulties you think students should pay attention to, or how to find an entertaining way to learn the language.
There are plenty of ideas. You just have to sit down and ‘talk to yourself.’ See what you want, set the goals, and start.
As you see, speaking foreign languages opens many doors for different and interesting jobs.
We hope that we've given you something to think about and consider learning foreign languages especially if you speak only one language.
For a start, choose the language you want to learn, book 1-on-1 lessons with Justlearn tutors, and make a step ahead to your future.
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