8 Reasons Why You Should Learn a Language During Coronavirus

by | English Tips

You need to learn a new language during Coronavirus and I’ll tell you why. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of emotional distress around the world. While everyone has their own personal way of coping with our current world situation, there is no doubt that most of us now have a lot more time on our hands. Whether that’s due to working from home or unfortunately becoming unemployed, there are more opportunities to fill up our time with a new hobby, interest or skill.

Like most of you, I don’t want to waste this new time that I have at home to not do things that my regular work schedule wouldn’t allow. During this time at home, I have found a new love for learning. I am learning new recipes, new workout routines, new television series and new languages. I want to come out of this situation stronger, not weaker and the only way to do that is to continue growing and pushing myself.

What I’ve noticed is that learning a new language has become one of the simple highlights in my day. I am currently working on improving and relearning my Spanish, as I have taken Spanish for 3 years in High School but I’ve forgotten everything I had learned once I started my professional career!

If you are also curious about what you can do at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, learning a new language is such a rewarding option!

 

Here are my 8 reasons why you should learn a new language during Coronavirus:

 

1. You will have a purpose each day.

I am a huge advocate for self-care during this time of isolation. Watch that television series you’ve been meaning to watch, read that book, take that bath and do that workout you’ve been putting off. All these things help give us things to look forward to in our days. Now, what if you’ve been watching Netflix all day? Scrolling through social media all day? Eventually, that is going to become toxic and harmful to your mental health!

When you create a schedule for yourself, it helps bring you some purpose each day. Why not add 15 to 30 minutes to your daily routine to learn a new language during Coronavirus? You’ll feel so much more productive and organized if you accomplish a positive task each day and of course, it will help you feel less guilty when you get back to binge-watching your favourite series!

 

2. You will create new mental challenges for yourself that will help you grow.

Have you ever heard the quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”? I couldn’t agree more. Every challenging or uncomfortable thing I’ve ever done in my life has led me to more success and personal growth. It’s hard to feel mentally stimulated and challenged when we are in the exact same environment day by day. Let’s be honest, there’s only so much self-growth you can do by walking from your fridge to the couch! If you try and learn a new language during Coronavirus, you’ll be adding an extra mental challenge in your day which will, in turn, help you grow and expand your comfort zone.

 

3. You have more time now.

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Of course, if you’ve got kids or even more responsibilities now that you’re working from home, you may think that there’s no extra time in your day to learn a new language. I hear you! No one said that this time is easy and we certainly still have responsibilities however, let’s really take a look at how much new time you have in a day. Don’t forget the hours you would normally spend commuting to work or school (whether by car, bus, train or walking), taking lunch breaks, socializing with coworkers and peers, heading to the gym, running errands and more! All the things you normally would’ve incorporated into your day have suddenly vanished.

Whether you want to admit it or not, you DO have some extra time in your day. Don’t be afraid to multitask! For example, while you are eating your lunch at home or waiting for your food to cook, spend those 15 or so minutes a day to learn a new language during Coronavirus! Go on an app or complete a section of the course you are taking. You won’t realize until you need to go back to work how much time and freedom you had, to do what you want from the comfort of your own home.

 

4. You will have fun!

Whoever said learning wasn’t fun? Nowadays, there are so many fun and easy ways to learn a new language during Coronavirus. Whether that be from switching the audio and subtitles to the language you are trying to learn on Netflix or going on a free English learning app, you’ll soon realize that learning a language online can be one of your favourite parts of your day. Try an engaging English course or an English podcast too! If you incorporate learning a new language into small everyday habits, you won’t even realize you’re spending all this time learning!

 

5. You will skill up for future employment opportunities.

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With all the uncertainty that the Coronavirus pandemic is bringing to the economy, having an advantage over your competitors is more important now than ever. Spending extra time now while most of the world seems to be on pause, will put you in the perfect position to strike when the world resumes and reopens. Business opportunities and employment are in favour of those who are bilingual or speak more than their native language. For that reason alone, your future self will thank you if you learn a new language during Coronavirus.

 

6. You will feel socially connected to more people in the world. 

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Languages have a way of bringing people around the world closer together. I witnessed this firsthand. Had I not decided to learn French as my second language, I’d never have met my current partner of 5 years who is French. Whether you are single or not, learning languages allows you to conversate and make new relationships all over the world. You never know what could happen and why not open the door to more possibilities in your life! Besides, if you like to travel, that should be all the reason you need. There is something so special about travelling to a new country or region and being able to understand the local language. I call it my personal “language high”!

 

7. You will see the world in a new way.

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Similar to reason 6, speaking a language other than your native tongue also opens your worldview. There are many studies and evidence that prove how we are able to think differently when we think in our second or third language. There is something about our thought processes that are simply not the same as when thinking in our native language, as thoughts come too easily. I know that I am much more conscious of what I am saying when I speak in French, and in turn, I find myself more attentive to other people and become a better listener in French than when I’m speaking and listening in English. Maybe you’ll find out that you act differently when thinking and speaking in a new language! Isn’t that a cool concept?

 

8. You will gain confidence and feel more proud of yourself.

Of course, if all these reasons weren’t enough to convince you to learn a language during Coronavirus, what about the fact that you will be really darn proud of yourself for using this overwhelmingly sad time in the world to do something positive for yourself! Studies show that bilinguals, trilinguals or simply multilingual, are far more confident in life than monolinguals. Perhaps the reason is simply that they have an extra skill that others do not have. I can’t be the only one who finds a person who can speak more than 1 language charming!

 

 

You’ve now read 8 reasons why you should learn a new language during Coronavirus. Convinced yet? Let’s lift each other up during this time and encourage each other to be the best (multilingual) version of ourselves we can be. Have fun and start learning a new language today!

 

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About the author

Jasmine is a Canadian living in Toronto, with English being her native language. She’s a certified second-language teacher with the Ontario College and has multiple years of experience teaching students.

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