What are the benefits of being bilingual when traveling, you may ask? Let me first tell you that it makes everything so much easier. If you didn’t know this about me, I can speak two languages – English and French. And for me, I learnt both languages when I was very little which means now I can speak it fluently. That said, having the ability to speak a second language opens a huge range of opportunities. And I’ll tell you about them from my experience:
Making friends with the locals:
I’ve traveled to many places in which the locals spoke French, which was great because many of the locals whom I’ve spoken too were very nice and fun to talk too. Sometimes, what may happen to you just by speaking their language is that you may start to develop a relationship with them. Now when I say relationship it’s most likely going to be a friendship building up but you never know. Nevertheless, these friendships has transformed my entire travel experience and I’m sure it can transform yours.
Getting around easier:
Isn’t nice when you travel to a foreign country and you can easily get around with no problem? Traveling with French made my trips so much easier. Firstly because it increased my chance that somebody would help me navigate the metros, trains and buses. Secondly, I could perfectly read the signs and easily find my way to the bathroom and shopping malls and thirdly, I could order from the menu without confusing the waiter. And you do not want to do that when you are really hungry.
Nobody wants to spend more than necessary. I’m sure it has happened to you at least once when your driver takes the long way home instead of the faster way. Of course they want you to spend more money but when asking for example a taxi to bring you to your destination, it’s better to know the route yourself so that you know when your driver is taking the long way home, you can speak to him. Another good example when traveling to a foreign country is talking to the locals, because when you speak their native language there is a bigger chance that they could show you the cheaper but better food markets or the best restaurant with cheap prices if you need help.
Exercises your brain:
I think this is one of the most important benefits of speaking or even learning a second language because it puts your brain to task by recognizing this new language structure. Not only that but your memory improves, meaning the more you use your brain the better it functions. Learning a new language builds your communication, but also your memory improves because your brain is familiarizing with that new language. A great benefit is that it can also expand your career potentials.
Overall those are my four helpful benefits experienced when traveling. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope this was helpful to you.
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