The Benefits of Learning a Second Language


At King's, students have been speaking a second language - either Spanish or Japanese - around the campus. Students are thoroughly loving learning languages - and it’s good for them!

The Financial Post recently published an article on five powerful benefits of learning a new language in 2020. The article stated that, “Learning a new language puts your brain through the wringer. Every language has its own system of rules, structures, and lexions, which means your brain has to work in new and unusual ways to learn it. All that exercise makes your brain stronger. A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better observers of their surroundings because they’ve sharpened their critical thinking and awareness skills by studying new languages. Learning a new language boosts your cognitive abilities." (Financial Post, 2020).

The article continues to outline in some detail what these benefits are. The main benefits they mention are these:

  1. Boosts your brainpower – learning other languages make you smarter
  2. Improves memory – your brain works overtime to enhance your memory
  3. Multi-tasking – when you are better at multi-tasking, you are more productive and this reduces your stress
  4. Global business is not only an asset for the business, it might just earn employees a promotion!
  5. Easier travel – it is important to get outside the tourist bubble. Learning a new language can help you do that, enabling you to then connect with local people and experience a place on a deeper level.

Our King’s Kids have embraced their journey with languages and are well on their way to becoming global citizens. Thank you for your support of Languages and I look forward to working with your child/children over the years. Many of the students are so passionate about Languages already.

The late Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

By Cathy Hegarty, Languages Coordinator, Pimpama Campus