Knowing another language and its associated cultural practices, attitudes, values and norms opens more doors than would otherwise be available. As 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 language, that goes to his heart."
The world around us, close and far, provides opportunities for engaging with people from a variety of backgrounds every day. Be it for personal enrichment, professional advancement or simply to connect with our increasingly diverse citizenry, being able to understand people different from ourselves provides us with skills that help advance the effectiveness of our society as a whole.
Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body. Many studies have shown that learning another language can lessen the risk of Alzheimer’s and can delay mental decline by several years. Other studies have proven that learning a second language improves your cognitive skills all around.
Whether you are looking for the best restaurant or you are seeking an out-of-the-way spot that others don’t usually discover, knowing another language improves your chances of making the most of your travels. Being able to speak informally with locals, even just to create that initial bond, gives you access to an experience reserved only to those who have the confidence, courage and language skill to do so.
Goethe said “those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” By learning another language, you open the door to a greater comprehension and a fuller appreciation of your first language and culture. That, in turn, allows you to communicate more fluidly and with more understanding and empathy.
At Concordia Language Villages, you will learn to speak another language through hands-on activities that help you learn a language directly related to your interests. We know learning a language can be difficult and we know how frustrating it can be to not be able to express yourself. Truly living the language surrounded by a supportive community of learners will help you get the most out of the experience. Away from every-day distractions, you will connect with peers through stories, much laughter and humor. You will leave with a great sense of accomplishment and you will have made friends for many years to come.