Bilingualism, or being fluent in two languages, is a special skill that has numerous benefits. Knowing how to speak a second language can lead to more career opportunities, many advantages when travelling and better communication skills. Unfortunately, research has shown that learning a second language may be on the decline, especially among younger generations. With time, this can mean that languages spoken within families are lost, and with them an important part of cultural identity and history. While many people can see the value in learning a second language, they may struggle to know where to start.
At Co.As.It., we are proud to run several Italian language classes for children, adolescents and adults at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as official CELI certification which is internationally recognised. While our classes are a great way to brush up on your Italian skills, and meet other people in your local community, there are many other general benefits to learning a second language. Keep reading to find out more.
- Learning a second language improves your brain
Many studies have shown that learning a second language improves brain functioning. Specifically, brain scans and research have revealed that bilingual people have healthier brains, sharper memories, better attentional and concentration skills and higher intelligence. Learning a second language as an adult has also been linked to preventing dementia and other degenerative neurological conditions. It seems that learning a second language is a bit like going to the gym for your brain! It keeps it active, and it becomes even stronger with time and practice.
- Learning a second language enhances your communication skills
When learning a second language, you begin to build and remember new words and phrases, thus expanding your vocabulary. With a wider vocabulary comes the ability to express yourself in different ways. In this way, learning a second language improves both your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, as you learn how to use gestures and speak with emotion in order to get your message across. Hence, bilingual people are often better communicators, because they are practiced in expressing themselves to others.
- Learning a second language opens many opportunities
Finally, learning a second language can lead to so many opportunities – whether that be travel to places, connecting with people from different cultural and language groups or understanding your own cultural history and identity better. While learning a second language is a challenge, it certainly is worth it in the long-term!
At Co.As.It. we are committed to celebrating our Italian cultural heritage and being a leader in Italian education in NSW. We are proud to provide opportunities for people to learn Italian, in a welcoming and supportive environment. If you are interested in learning more about our Italian classes, and starting your own second language journey, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 9564 0744.