Many have been stuck in their homes ever since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year. People are still adjusting to the new lifestyle they had to create in the middle of this pandemic. This period had left many people feeling unmotivated and unproductive, in need of a way to maintain a strong work ethic and creative flow despite being stuck at home.
Online language learning is a fantastic way to make use of your time and energy while learning a new skill. Dedicating time to learning a new language is not only productive but can benefit you and your career in the future. Languages allow us to reach different groups of people in different ways, which is why many companies invest in Spanish, Chinese, or even French classes for their employees.
The virus might have kept you from your summer travel plans, but there’s no reason it should keep you from learning a new skill. Here’s why we believe you should take the opportunity to learn a new language:
It’s easy to spend hours on end mindlessly scrolling down Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. While it can be fun to keep up with the latest news, excessive exposure to social media can leave you feeling depressed and lonely.
Putting your time and energy into language learning classes can keep you away from your Instagram feed. We only have 24 hours in a day—why not commit to spending time daily learning a new skill? Limiting time spent on social media will do wonders for your physical and mental well-being.
Speaking English, Italian, and Spanish can make you a more appealing candidate for a job as well as open up international opportunities. However, language skills not only benefit you in your career, but also in your life.
Being multilingual means that you have the ability to connect with people from all over the world. Besides being able to practice your language skills, the ability to communicate allows you to learn about a culture different to yours. Cultural-savviness allows you to widen your horizons and look at the world around you in a new way—great for becoming a well-rounded person!
Learning online is one of the most useful things you can do while being stuck at home, and now it is also one of the most convenient. Online classes offer so much flexibility. Forget the long after-work commute to a local language school. You can learn a language from the comfort of your home, and location is not a barrier. You can schedule your classes on your terms and choose whatever room—or sofa!—in your house you prefer.
Before the pandemic, learning a language by going to a physical establishment was an inconvenience to some. By taking online classes you can fit your courses to your schedule and needs. Because you’re learning in a more comfortable and familiar environment, you can study and focus on what’s really important.
One of the great things about learning a new language is how easy it is to integrate into your daily life. You don’t stop learning when you close your book and notes. In fact, the majority of language learning occurs when you bring the language into your daily life, such as by watching movies or TV shows in whatever language you’re trying to improve in.
Vocabulary and grammar have their time and place, but pronunciation and intonations are usually learned by listening and practicing. Try searching for subtitles or dubs of movies you love in the language you’re looking to learn. Since you’re already familiar with the plot, you’ll be able to practice listening to the vocabulary and grammar you’ve learned. And don’t forget to start listening to music in that language. After all, music is known as the true universal language!
Learning a new language is a great way to exercise your brain and expand your horizons. Since learning isn’t restricted to the few hours you spend in the classroom, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in said language and really practice.
If your company provides language learning opportunities, the pandemic is the perfect time to take them up on it. Doing so will allow you to further your career and expand your horizons.
Diáfano Learning is a language provider in the U.S. We offer highly specialized foreign language courses and programs that support companies in their efforts to help their employees connect during times like these. We improve our clients’ work culture, empower employees, and help them connect to the global marketplace. Get in touch to learn more!
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Irma is a trained linguist, native Spanish speaker, and teacher. She is the founder and CEO of Diáfano.
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