Translator Training: Reasons to Learn a New Language
Posted on 20 August, 2014
By Translation Boutique
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(Translated from Spanish by our interns.)
Today’s post is dedicated both to professional translators and interpreters, and to any reader interested in languages, especially if you have just began learning a new language – Spanish, German, Italian, French, etc.
After experiencing a one-week language immersion, an old question popped again in my mind: Why do I study languages? Why am I interested in them? Why do I get “hooked” on them?
As I did some research about this subject, I learnt that there are several reasons that drag us to study a new language. Here are some of them:
- Finding a job. As we all know, it is more and more common a requirement to speak a second language to get that job you are interested in. This is the reason why many people have decided to take up a new language. You are more likely to get the job so, definitely, this is a good reason to start with your Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, etc. 🙂
- Travelling. Speaking more than one language makes it easier to travel to different countries and to places we never even dreamt of going. It is also easier to communicate with other people and to make ourselves understood. Furthermore, we will have the chance to meet new people and build friendships that would have been unlikely to happen otherwise. Another perk is learning about new cultures that might strike us as strange, but which are amazing too.
- More freedom of thought. As a consequence of having lived unique experiences and having met and talked to people with different ideas, those who speak more than one language and who have lived abroad would probably be more inclined to understand and accept other people’s ideas. It would be easier for them to understand that more than one point of view or opinion can be right.
- Personal motivation: In my opinion, this is the main reason why someone should decide whether they want to learn another language or not. There are other motivations and needs, of course, but, do we obtain as good results studying something because we like it as we do by studying it because we feel forced to do it?
It’s been proven that without real motivation and willingness, the results of language learning won’t be as good. We will learn the language, and we will be able to speak it and write it, but the results won’t be as good as those of someone who is actually willing to learn something they enjoy.
Nevertheless, it is important to think about which language may suit us better according to our reasons to learn it, and to consider if we are actually willing to be responsible with this task – learning a language is a process and we must commit to it.
I already know why I study languages. Do you? 😉
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