Welcome to a different week of Expensive Duolingo, an recommendation column only for language learners. Make amends for previous installments right here.
Hello learners! This can be a very particular week for Duolingo: It is our 10th birthday!! So this week on Expensive Duolingo, we're utilizing this chance to have fun the language studying that y'all have been doing with us for a decade – and in doing so will reply a query we hear from folks finding out numerous totally different languages.
Everybody right here loves finding out languages, besides, it's normal to marvel what you may actually get out of the expertise.
Our query for the week:
I used to be questioning how useful it's to study a language that isn’t thought-about “helpful,” particularly if the general public who already communicate the language additionally know English (my language)!
For Love of the Lang(uage)
We speak quite a bit about methods to assist your studying and the way language studying occurs, however right this moment is our likelihood to speak about why: What are the advantages to studying a brand new language? This week we're sharing 10 of these advantages, one for annually we have been making studying free, enjoyable, and efficient for folks around the globe. There are dozens of the explanation why folks resolve to check a brand new language, and irrespective of which language you select, there are many advantages!
- Join with the folks and cultures you care about. In 2021, household and heritage was the primary cause folks within the U.S. began finding out with Duolingo. Studying your loved ones's language can assist you talk and join with older family and people who nonetheless communicate the language, and it might probably enable you to study extra in regards to the locations your loved ones got here from.
Study new cultures and views. Languages are as numerous as cultures, and studying a brand new language can introduce you to new methods of imagining the world. You may find out about totally different sorts of ritual and respect in Korean, new distinctions between colours in Russian and Turkish, and even new methods of expressing love and liking!
Get the entire story, past the subtitles. Whether or not it is translating French for Emily in Emily in Paris (she might use the assistance) or filling within the gaps when subtitles miss vital context, studying a language can assist you take pleasure in extra of the media you are already watching. (To not point out you may blame (re)watching a lot TV in your dedication to language studying – even the consultants approve!)
Assist your mind keep sharp and engaged. Studying a language forces your mind to be engaged, search for patterns, and problem-solve, and older adults who studied a brand new language constantly noticed improved cognitive operate!
Take pleasure in unique entry to tradition and present occasions. Realizing one other language offers you direct entry to books, music, social media, and podcasts within the language, with out having to attend for translated variations to come back out. To not point out there may be a lot about popular culture, present occasions, and casual language to be realized by means of music and Twitter particularly!
Suppose outdoors the field. Learning one other language pushes you to specific acquainted concepts in completely other ways, by means of new phrases and grammar, and it might probably assist knock you out of your pondering and writing ruts! Utilizing a brand new language can assist spark creativity, and writers like Nabokov used a number of languages to faucet into totally different reminiscences and views.
Benefit from touring. Increase some fundamental dialog abilities within the language of your vacation spot can assist you join with folks by means of genuine exchanges. It additionally reveals your curiosity in attending to know and perceive the tradition! Plus, figuring out among the language can assist you're feeling extra comfy getting round in a brand new place.
Assist your group. Different languages aren't used solely in faraway lands – they're probably in your very personal group, too! Studying the language of latest arrivals can assist you construct group and volunteer, assist new refugees and immigrants, and make pals throughout cultures.
Develop your information about your individual language. Learning a brand new language can get you pondering in new methods about your individual language! We study our first language with out pondering consciously about it (that is why we're so good at it!), so studying a second language will get you analyzing phrases and grammar in your individual language in new methods. You may even discover shocking connections between your languages, like borrowed phrases or comparable grammar guidelines!
Make pals around the globe. It is no shock that studying a brand new language helps you join with the individuals who really use the language, but it surely additionally introduces you to world communities of learners! Whether or not it is on social media or in digital language exchanges (like Duolingo Occasions), the act of working towards a language will get you interacting with folks with comparable linguistic pursuits and from totally different locations and cultures.
There is no finish to how your new language will change you and the methods you have interaction with the world! At Duolingo we're proud to make language studying extra accessible for everybody, so we are able to carry one another somewhat nearer collectively.
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And completely happy birthday, Duo! 🥳