Success Lifestyle Magazine Issue 6- October 2019 - Page 5

E ntrepreneurs worldwide might have apprehensions about learning a language. However, language acquisition is possible regardless of the stage you are in the process. You could be uttering your first “Hola!” or “Bonjour!” at the age of 30. Learning a second language is possible! The communicative theory was developed to explain the effect of language learners using the target language in real, meaningful situations. The theory was developed by Noam Chomsky, an American linguist whose focus on competence and performance in language learning in the 1960s initiated the rise of communicative approaches. Previous approaches to language learning focused on grammar translation, reading and comprehension. This has now changed and evolved. Most schools have adopted the communicative approach where you learn how to use the language through the assimilation of real-life situations. COM MU NI CA TION So, if you’re wondering how to learn a language, the communicative way is the answer! Benefits of Learning a Second Language 1. Global Opportunities Globalization has made it imperative to at least be bilingual. The global economy is expanding rapidly; those who can adapt quickly and communicate effectively will be able to reap the most benefits from what this expansion has to offer. Cross-cultural communication enables you to tap into viable markets that may not have been an option otherwise. You can expand into new markets and increase your customer base. 2. Increased Brain Function Second language acquisition is said to increase brain function and stimulate creativity. The brain is open to new knowledge and is able to make connections between things easily when a new language is acquired. A Swedish MRI Study reported Issue 6: October 2019 that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memory, and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. This important benefit allows an entrepreneur to apply accurate and appropriate problem-solving strategies because of newly acquired thinking patterns. Overall, you will experience improved cognitive abilities that will help you generate innovative and revolutionary ideas. 3. Establish Deep Connections As an entrepreneur, a second language will allow you to establish cross-cultural connections. English has been established as a global language. Nevertheless, China is quickly becoming a world power and we cannot overlook the fact that China has over a There have already been talks about infusing Mandarin education into the secondary level curriculum. Focusing solely on mastering English is now insufficient. Entrepreneurs need to be more rounded individuals. 4. Exercise Autonomy An entrepreneur should always be seeking different avenues to improve and further advance both personal and professional standards of life. Learning a new language crushes the fear of uncertainty and the unknown. It makes you more autonomous when the need arises for you to approach and deal with people of a different culture face to face. Learning a new language encourages you to take risks and step boldly into the unknown. billion people who speak Mandarin. 5