Become a native speaker

Become a native speaker

Some of us go through life speaking only one language. Others study other languages. Some do it because they like it. Some do it because they have to. Let's see what happens to language studiers when they go through the process of learning another language. Of course, when people study a language out of love to the language the process becomes more enjoyable, easier and in some way faster. First, we go through the standard levels of language studying- we study the grammar, we study appropriate vocabulary, we do listening activities, we read books in simple language, we try to speak to foreigners, etc. But what happens after? What processes do we go through when we already have, say, an advanced level but still do not sound like a native speaker? How do we step from the platform of an advanced speaker to one of the language carriers?

First of all, we should clearly realise that some languages are easier to learn than others. Some of them take more time and effort for fluent speaking than others. So if you want to become a fluent speaker consider this and spare no effort when the process of learning becomes challenging and follow these steps:

Be completely in the culture! This piece of advice can be divided into several tips

Literature is one of the most valuable tools when it comes to building confidence. However, an important note: it would be better if you read local authors, not the translation of books. If you study English, then read English writers like Shakespeare, Byron, if you study Russian, then a good idea is Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy if you study French take a look at Victor Hugo. So read books in original, not a translation of a book. It is crucial to read the authors who belong to the same culture the language of which you study because these books will lead you to the core of the culture. There is a close connection between culture and language. Thus your language abilities will improve a lot. Besides, literature makes your speech more beautiful. It adds a lot of useful words to your vocabulary. However, be careful not to sound too funny overusing old words. Remember- measure is a pleasure!

Studying poems by heart is another way of improving your speech and making it sound like a local. Choose the beautiful poems of that language. It is imperative that you like these poems. Read them aloud, study them by heart, record yourself while reciting those poems. Listen to yourself reciting. Try to correct those moments where you pronounce words with an accent. Studying poems by heart not only helps you to remember many words, many expressions, it also improves your memory. A wonderful way to be fully in a language is listening to news daily. This will help you to use the right combinations of words, to have a good pronunciation.

When you study a foreign language the important part of the study process is communication. Language forms should be used by you. You should not lose the opportunity to speak. Do not be the shy guy who is ashamed to speak because it is not their native language. Seek the opportunity to speak the language you learn. Join a speaking club where they discuss literature or if you are in a country the language of which you study to try to speak to your neighbour about the weather. You will see how the conversation turns to other topics. Communication is a need for everyone!

Sometimes people who have passed all the levels mentioned above of language learning still face a psychological problem- lack of confidence. They are afraid of mistakes. They are scared of sounding funny, or they fear that their speech will sound different. In this case, they should clearly remember that the language we study is not native and we HAVE the right to sometimes make mistakes. So fear of mistakes should never be an obstacle in our speech. It should never lessen our confidence. Since with no confidence, we cannot sound like a native speaker. We should clearly realise that each person speaks at least one language very well- this is either their mother tongue or the language that is spoken in the society where they were born and grew up.

Learn English

Learning a new language is never easy but it's so satisfying when you are able to converse with someone in a foreign language!

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in Anglo-Saxon England in the early Middle Ages. It is now the most widely used language in the world.

It is spoken in many countries around the world and is the first language of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. There are about 375 million native speakers (people with first language as English), which is the largest after Mandarin and Spanish.

About 220 million more people speak it as a second language and it is often used in work and in travel, and there are as many as a billion people who are learning it, which makes English the second most spoken language as well as the most international one in the world.

English has changed, and has been changed by many different languages.

Because nearly 60% of the vocabulary comes from Latin, English is sometimes called the most Latin of the Germanic languages, and is often mistaken for being a Romance language.

English is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, along with Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese.

Here are some tips that will help you in mastering any language:

  • first of all you must know why you are doing it, you have to be motivated,
  • finding a partner will increase your motivation as together it will be much faster and easier to master new language.
  • talk to yourself a lot,
  • don't dive too much in textbooks and talk to people a lot as it will keep the learning process relevant to you.

Learn French

A world language

More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. The Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for more than 750,000 learners.

A language for the job market

An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

The language of culture

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.

A language for travel

France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.

A language for higher education

Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government scholarships to enrol in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognised French degrees.

The other language of international relations

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.

A language that opens up the world

After English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).

A language that is fun to learn

French is an easy language to learn. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable for children and adults alike. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French.

A language for learning other languages

French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

The language of love and reason

First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.

Learn German

German has an enormous cultural heritage

There's no getting away from the fact that a large percentage of the world's most impressive achievements were first conceived of in the German language.

Everything from music to science and literature to opera has deep roots in this rich and flexible language. Musically, German can lay claim to most of the classical greats, including Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Mozart and Brahms. Vienna, the capital of Austria and a German-speaking city through and through, has long been considered the world's musical heart.

On the science front, there's the most famous scientist ever to live, Einstein, but also contemporary scientists who are making huge contributions to our current lives. For example, a German was recently responsible for discovering the newest elements on the Periodic Table.

You'll never run out of books to read in German, particularly if you like your literature deep and philosophical: Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, Hermann Hesse, Ernst Jünger and Patrick Süskind are just a few names to get you started.

German is a very distinctive language

Although there are several languages that have Germanic roots, none are quite as distinctive as German itself. One of the main reasons for this is the language's common use of extremely long compound words. Today, the longest of these is 'rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz', an impressive 64 characters long - which translates into English as "beef labelling supervision duty assignment law". (If you're wondering, 'Rind fleisch' means beef flesh, 'etikettierungs' means labelling, 'Überwachungs' means supervision, 'aufgaben' means duties, 'Übertragung' means assignment and 'gesetz' means law). Try slipping that into conversation!

German is a living language, and as one of the only languages in the world that allows such outrageously lengthy compound words, it's anybody's guess as to what the next contender for the dubiously honorable title of Longest German Word might be.

German is beating everyone else online

The Internet has a lot to offer the fluent German speaker. After the .com domain, those websites ending with .de (the German equivalent of .co.uk) are the most populous. In fact, since .com doesn't really 'belong' to one country (although it's obviously the token domain of America), that makes Germany the country with the largest number of national domains.

Just imagine what you'd be able to find on the 8.1 million new domains suddenly available to you! To give you an idea of just how far ahead .de is, its closest competitor is .co.uk with a paltry 31,900,000 websites to call its own. Furthermore, German domain names are also more popular than .net, .org, and .info extensions.

It's a breeze to learn

Well, maybe not a breeze, but for the English speaker, German is often surprisingly easy to master. This is because the two languages have the same Germanic roots. In comparison, French, Italian and Spanish are known as the Romance languages and function very differently to English, making them much harder to learn.

This interesting table suggests that 40% of German words are similar to their English sounding counterparts. So, for example, 'bruder' and 'vater', which mean brother and father, are much more recognizable than the French equivalents of 'père' and 'frère'.

While we're on the subject of learning languages, mastering German will also improve your English. According to the American Association of Teachers of German, "vocabulary skills in English, a better understanding of the English language itself, improved literacy, higher reading achievement as well as enhanced listening skills and memory have been shown to correlate with German language study".

You'll always have someone to speak to

German speakers are some of the most well-traveled people in the world. Wherever you go, you'll find a German-speaking tourist to confide in.

In particular, it is the Germans themselves that really know how to travel: with about 6 weeks annual leave and plenty of disposable income, they have the time and the means to visit the further corners of the globe. German people spend more on foreign travel than those of any other nation; in 2007, they spent an astounding 91 billion Euros on international travel!

Learn Japanese

It Can Be The Basis for Learning a New Culture

During the process of learning Japanese, you will very likely learn all sorts of things about Japan itself. You’ll learn the history of the country and the differences in dialect between one region and another. You’ll also learn to use words specific to Japanese customs and culture.

This can allow you to slowly open up and learn more than you ever imagined about Japan, its people and its rich and interesting history.

It Is Not As Hard As You May Think

Although learning any new language can be difficult, you are already at a distinct advantage as a native English speaker. English is actually one of the hardest languages to learn.

But any new language can be intimidating simply because it’s so different from what you’re used to. However, after you start learning some Japanese characters, you’ll be surprised by how easy they are to remember with regular practice.

Many people start out with the hirigana alphabet first, so consider learning these characters initially if you plan to be self-taught.

It Increases Your Job Options

As the world’s economies become increasingly global, it makes perfect sense to use language as a tool for branching out and increasing your business options.

Looking to work in Japan? It would make things work more smoothly if you learned the language rather than trying to find American-owned businesses or hoping like heck that your coworkers will understand you. You will find that learning at least one other language could greatly increase your job prospects.

It Helps With Greater Language Sensitivity

Once you begin to learn Japanese, it will amaze you how anyone could ever mistake it for Chinese, Thai or Korean.

To the untrained and insensitive ear, many Asian languages may “sound alike.” However, as you begin to learn Japanese, you’ll be easily able to distinguish Japanese from Korean and Chinese.

You Avoid Having Things “Lost In Translation”

Japanese anime and television shows have become very popular in the United States. An entire generation of children grew up watching shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and Naruto. However, it may come as a surprise to know exactly how much was lost in translation.

This includes anything from phrases being edited to “make sense” in English, to voice actors failing to capture the correct emotion in the original show, to American sensors trying to pass off PG-13 or R subject matter as “kid-friendly.” When you’re able to understand the original content for yourself, you don’t have to worry about inadequate editing issues.

It Makes It Easy to Make More Friends Online

For many users in the Western world, the internet is an “English-only” reality. As such, you may assume that citizens in Japan engage in online activities at the same rate as Americans. But this is HIGHLY inaccurate. Japan boasts a population that is among the world’s most internet savvy.

There is a simple reason why interaction between English-speaking Americans and Japanese citizens isn’t as great as it could be: Often these persons use Japanese-language sites. Learning Japanese will allow you to navigate these locations and find new friends to interact with.

It Helps You Sing All the Way Through Your Favorite Jpop Songs

If you are a fan of Jpop (Japanese pop music), but don’t speak Japanese, you’re missing out on the complete enjoyment of the music you like.

You may think it’s enough to hum along to the melody and sing any English lyrics and words found in the song. But you’ll find it’s an entirely different experience when you can truly understand the meaning and emotion behind certain songs.

It Will Inspire You to Learn Other East Asian Languages

With the possible exception of Japanophiles, or persons exclusively fixated on all things Japanese, persons who learn about the Japanese language and culture may be moved to learn about other Asian countries and cultures.

It’s not unusual for someone to first learn Japanese and then move on to Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or Thai. This will allow for you to greatly expand your understanding of languages and cultures in East Asia.

It Gives You a Less-Conventional Approach

Even though Japanese cartoons and video games are popular in the United States, language wise, Americans often opt to take on a European language.

While others boast Spanish, French or German as a second language, saying you can speak fluent Japanese will make you stand out and can allow you to offer a unique perspective as compared to your peers.

It Could Help You Study Abroad

Japanese schools have high standards of learning at all levels of education. If you’re interested in studying abroad, Japan would be an excellent place to do so. Of course, studying in a different country would be most beneficial if you can speak the language very well, so make sure you are comfortable with all three Japanese “alphabets” (hirigana, katakana and kanji) before undertaking this endeavor.

As you can see, the reasons behind choosing to learn Japanese are varied. However, it can be a rewarding experience that helps you grow your knowledge of the world around you.

Learn to speak Norwegian

Norwegian is a language of adventurers and peace keepers, of scientists and explorers. Still not convinced you need to learn Norwegian? Check out our favourite reasons to learn the language!

Norwegian is an easy language

Norwegian is supposed to be an easy language to learn. In case you’re struggling with German, it’s not too late to start with Norwegian now!

Learn a Scandinavian language

Learning Norwegian allows you to easily understand and learn Danish and Swedish in addition. It’s been said that Norwegian is the best starting point for people wanting to learn all the Scandinavian languages!

Norway is one of the best countries to live in in the world

Even though Norway was still classified as a developing nation as recently as 1970, for many years now, it has been rated as the best country for people to live in in the world.

Norwegians take good care of their people and environment, and because they participate so actively in helping others.

Norway is a multicultural nation

Norway has long been a multicultural nation. People from all over the world live in Norway today, but with Norway’s long coast and borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia, people from far and wide of made their way to the country.

Cabin hopping!

The beautiful country of Norway has a network of cabins that people can hike to and use freely all across the country. For an overnight in one of these cabins, you get a clean place to be, a bed, wood for a fire, a place to cook your meal and sometimes the good company of other mountain wanderers.

Vikings were Norwegian

Vikings were remarkable travelers and craftsmen (and sometimes terrible visitors). They made ships that took them around the globe and, by a quirk of nature, many of their ships and their riches and belongings have been found perfectly preserved in peat bogs in Scandinavia.

Inventions and the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights were first studied and understood by Kristian Birkeland (1867-1917) at the turn of the last century. The work was financed with money he made for the invention of how to produce saltpeter (an essential ingredient for fertilizer).

We offer Northern Lights every summer in the evening skies of Skogfjorden (though we can never guarantee when) as well as lots of amazing stories about people like Kristian Birkeland. Come learn about Norway’s many remarkable people and what they have done to make a difference. If you are lucky, we will also show you some of their remarkable discoveries from the sky!

Norwegian is a musical language

Norwegians are often told that it sounds like they’re singing when they talk to each other. Among other things, I’ve heard that people sound like a smurf and a hobbit and that it sounds like an imaginary language and it is very nice.

Learn Spanish

Learning Spanish is necessary to keep pace with popular culture

Learning Spanish will enable you to keep pace with Hispanic influence on culture which is strong and getting stronger. For example, do you remember that Taco Bell commercial with the little dog? Did you know that his motto, "Yo quiero Taco Bell" is actually a play on words? In Spanish, "yo quiero" means both "I want" and "I love." So, that cute little dog was actually pulling your leg as he said both: "I want Taco Bell" and "I love Taco Bell."

Learning Spanish is actually a medical device

Research indicates that knowing and using two languages reduces your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. The scientists who studied this were motivated by earlier studies which showed that bilingualism enhances mental abilities in both children and older adults. Other studies show that studying languages can improve your memory and slow age-related decline in mental acuity. And studying another language makes you smarter! Your critical thinking skills will be improved as you learn to view things through a different lens. Learning a second language stimulates creativity!

For many, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity

Spanish is becoming more and more important with regards to business. Learning Spanish will enable you to better communicate with Spanish speaking employees or co-workers. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to offer your product or service to the 350 million people whose mother tongue is Spanish? In North America, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. As for job opportunities, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have Spanish on your résumé. In the United States, knowing Spanish can be particularly helpful if you work in healthcare or education. Increasingly, the building trades are employing more and more Spanish speaking workers. One thing is certain. If you are bilingual, you will be more marketable and have more career choices than your monolingual counterpart. Globalization, with it's accompanying free trade agreements is shrinking the business world, and those who know more than one language will definitely have the edge.

Spanish, Spanish everywhere

With well over 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States, and with over 40% of the population growth being among the Hispanic people, the stage is set for an enormous increase in Spanish usage in the United States. This has sparked a lot of interest among US citizens, a group not particularly known for their multilingualism. This interest will only increase as the Hispanic population of the US approaches 50 million by the year 2015. But it's not only in the US where Spanish is popular. In Europe, Spanish is the second most popular second language, after English. With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Only Mandarin, English and Hindi have more speakers. If you count only native speakers, Spanish outranks English. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. The sheer number of Spanish speakers and their rate of growth makes learning Spanish a smart choice.

Learning Spanish will (truly) expand your universe

According to Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, "the limits of my language are the limits of my universe." There is no doubt that learning Spanish will expand your own personal universe. As the Hispanic population continues to grow at a disproportionate rate, it becomes more and more likely that you might marry into a Spanish speaking family, have Spanish speaking neighbors or encounter Spanish speaking people in your daily rounds. No longer are the Spanish speakers in the US confined to the border states and big cities. Today, nearly all areas have some sort of Hispanic population. Wouldn't it be nice to say hello and chat with your fellow paisanos (countrymen)?

Knowing Spanish will completely transform your travel experience

While it is certainly possible to travel to a Spanish speaking country without knowing any Spanish, your trip will in no way compare with the incredible adventure that awaits the traveler who speaks Spanish. If you only speak English, you will be forced to confine yourself to popular tourist resorts where nearly everyone speaks some English. But if you want to explore the area and get to know the local people, you need to know Spanish. Even simple things, such as reading signs and menus, asking directions or telling a cab driver where you want to go requires some knowledge of the language. Hispanic people are amazingly generous, and if you speak Spanish you will find yourself being welcomed in a way that would never happen if you spoke only English. Simply put, when you travel to a Spanish speaking country, knowing the language will allow you to move from the role of observer to that of an active participant.

Knowing how to speak Spanish will enable you to help others

If you are the type of person who likes to help others, learning to speak Spanish will put you in a postion where you can help both Spanish speakers who don't speak English and English speakers who don't speak Spanish. Now that's what we like to call a "win-win" situation. Unfortunately, the standard of living in many Spanish speaking countries is rather low by normal Western standards. Sometimes, it is appalingly low. Without stereotyping Latin America as a poverty stricken region (in many cases that simply is not true) there are nonetheless a lot of people in serious need. Learning Spanish will prepare you for taking the next step, --- actually going there and making a difference!

There are reasons to learn language for language's sake

While Johann Wolfgang von Goethe may have been exaggerating when he said, "he who knows no foreign language, knows nothing of his own," it cannot be denied that by studying Spanish you will without doubt gain a better understanding of English. Spanish is what we call a "Romance" language, meaning that it is based on Latin, the language of the ancient Roman Empire. Many English words are also of Latin origin, and so when you learn vocabulary in Spanish you will simultaneously be expanding your English vocabulary. You will also find that your understanding of the deep meaning of these Latin based English words is greatly enhanced. Also, as you study the grammar of Spanish, you will notice how it is similar to English, as well as how it is different. This will raise your awareness of the grammar of your native language. Because Spanish is very nearly phonetically perfect, you can look at almost any word and immediately know exactly how to pronounce it. This characteristic makes Spanish one of the easiest languages to learn. And, when it comes to learning a third language, such as French or Italian, already knowing Spanish will be a huge advantage because these languages, too, are Romance Languages.

Learning Spanish will allow you to better appreciate Hispanic cultural contributions

For many people, developing a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture is becoming more and more important. There is no more certain way to gain this insight than to learn to speak Spanish. Reading Latin American or Spanish newspapers and magazines will open a window into the Hispanic mind. Knowing the language will prepare you to better appreciate some of the great Hispanic modern and classic cultural contributions. From Miguel Cervantes to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hispanic literary contributions are monumental. From the royal portraits of Goya to the surreal depictions of Picasso, Spanish influence on the fine arts has been substantial. And let's not ignore gastronomy! Learning Spanish can be the perfect excuse for enjoying the cuisine of Spanish speaking peoples. Burritos, tamales, paella, papusas, arroz con frijoles, ceviche, --- the list goes on and on, and is a delicious indicator of the vast diversity of Hispanic culture. Is it any wonder then that more and more people want to partake of these cultural delights?

Learning Spanish is fun

Learning Spanish opens up lots of opportunities to have more fun. Who doesn't enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie? Music? You bet! Food? The best! The satisfaction of accomplishment? It's there waiting for you to grab it! For all of the reasons mentioned above, and a whole lot that haven't been mentioned, learning Spanish can be one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do. Whether your motivations are practical, intellectual or sentimental, learning Spanish is something that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

Learn Romanian

Romanian is a fascinating and complex language, and not one of the easiest to teach yourself by any means.

Five reasons to learn Romanian.

  1. Resources are available if you look- I tunes,you tube, amazon is full of resources on how to speak Romanian. There are no Rosetta Stone programs on Romanian but I guarantee you if you just look up Romanian language resources on internet you can make your own course. That's what I've done. My suggestion would be to stay away from computer programs that teach Romanian because they tend to be meager on the amount of Romanian you'll learn. I would suggest if you have some money try ordering the book "Romanian an essential Grammer" by Romana Gonczol off of Amazon. My only con about this book is there's no audio for it so my advice would be to make sure you known the basic alphabet first which you learn from various videos off of you tube.

  2. It's a Latin language-If you've taken an Etymology class or are in some way quite familiar with Latin roots Romanian will be an easier language for you. Many Romanian words like realitatea ( reality) are derived from latin roots they're just spelled as words differently in Romanian.

  3. If you learn some words it will help you pronounce other words- Take the word poate ( maybe) for example, there are so many other words in romanian that ends in that "Ah- tey" sound that's found in "pwah-tey".

Learn Finnish

If you type "Learn Finnish" or "Finnish language" into a search engine, usually you'll see loads of stuff about Finnish being the world's second or third most difficult language, and there is a small amount of truth to that. Finnish words don't typically derive from Latin or Greek or other languages that the rest of Europe seemed to take notice of and say "We like that word, we'll use it too". In fact it seems that the Finns of old decided to ignore everything going on around them and just sort of... make it up on their own, maybe just to be different.

People say that the best way to learn a foreign language is to move to the country where it is spoken and just pick it up as you go along. Just have your little pocket travel book with you for the first year or so. That's fine if you're moving to, say, Germany or Italy, but If you try this with Finland, then 2 years later you'll still be asking "I'm sorry do you speak English" when you reach the front of the queue at the TE-office. It's a pain in the teeth I know, but this is a language you're going to have to go back to school for.

And that's why we generally think of Finnish as a language that is almost impossible to learn.

But that's not the case!

Because once you've got the basics, you'll start to notice the following things about Finnish that make it the most logical language in the world.

Speaking more than one language somehow makes you the ‘citizen’ of many countries. Every language is a different way of thinking. You realise that there exist patterns of thinking other than yours and in any matter, you analyse everything not only from your point of you but the point of view of the general. Thus learning a new language gives you an analytical way of thinking.