Imagine going to some other planet and asking questions to aliens and the only way to communicate to them is through actions! Scary, isn’t it? This how you may feel jumping to another country, for studying abroad, without learning its official language. If you can communicate in English, it will definitely give you some aid. But you are going to spend a majority of your time with the locals so it is better to be prepared. Our advice to each student who is aspiring to study abroad is that you must thoroughly research the country, the city, and even the university before leaving your home country. Most importantly, you must cover the basics of the official language of the country to save yourself from directly going to an alien's lair! And the best way to do so is to attend coaching classes for that particular language. It will not only help you in finding the correct ways when you are lost but will also enable you to communicate well and get good job opportunities! So, let’s discover how learning a new language can be extremely useful in your study abroad journey.
Every relationship starts with a conversation and what can be better than to find friends for a lifetime! During your studies abroad, you will spend most of your time surrounded by the locals. Whether a friend or a roommate or your faculty, interacting in their language will give you a chance to get a firsthand experience of their culture. Being away from home and far from your family & friends is surely going to make you nostalgic. So the best way to make yourself feel good again is to find friends and family in the city you stay in. Learning a new language will give you a bunch of people to laugh with, wander with, and eat up delicious food with.
In the majority of European countries, foreign students are legally allowed to work part-time. These temp jobs offer practical exposure & are an integral part of a student's study abroad experience. While you can get good part-time jobs on your English communication skills, learning the official language will surely prove beneficial to find better internship prospects. There are even chances for you to get a permanent job after your studies if you have a good command over the official language. MNCs are always looking for candidates who are multitasking and have better cross-communication skills. So this way, learning a new language will open up new & better opportunities for you.
An ideal routine starts with a good breakfast. And for that, you will need language skills either to buy groceries or to place an order at a coffee shop. Also, from going to the university to having group discussions & hanging out with friends to exploring cultural heritage, from shopping to travelling, transportation to eating, everywhere you will need a basic knowledge of the official language. Without it, you may find that others are speaking gibberish until you have a good grasp of the language.
The first step to becoming a part of a new culture is to interact & assimilate with the locals. Cultural adoption is not possible unless you have a deep understanding of the people & their sentiments. It is, therefore, crucial to learn the official language of the country you're visiting for abroad studies. Not only will it show you how rich the culture is but it will also enable you to participate in different festive activities. India is surely a land of varied culture, with lots of festivals celebrated every year. But indulging in festivals of totally new land and culture will pour your heart with a lifetime of experience and joy. After all, you live only once right?
Studying abroad will surely be totally different from studying at home. Every day is going to be a new challenge but it can become a bit easier when you are familiar with the language. When you learn a new language, you are exercising your brain to learn new things faster. It becomes more adaptive to learn things in a better way and your problem solving & critical thinking skills also get a major boost. After all, this is your opportunity to discover strengths and abilities, tackle new challenges, and learn new ways to solve problems.
During your vacations and holidays, there will be places that you will be able to explore as a getaway from routine life. Learning a new language will bring you closer to the surroundings and you will be able to navigate the places & their people in a way that is inaccessible to those who do not know the language. You may not be able to carry a language book with you everywhere, but if you have already learned the language then it may come in handy during travelling. Besides, there is no better way to show respect to people than to speak their native language.
According to Federico Fellini, “A different language is a different vision of life.” Learning a new language will not only enhance your study abroad experience but will also change your perceptions and your insights. By learning a new language you are not only learning the new words for the same things but learning to observe the world from a different angle. Learning a new language is definitely going to be life-changing as you are not just going to learn a new language but also learning to survive and live the culture during the entire duration of your studies and maybe even more.
This way learning a new language will make your stay abroad journey memorable. If you are lucky enough and you try hard then you may even get wonderful job opportunities. Even if you come back to your homeland, you are definitely getting aid over others from the job perspective. The international exposure and the cultural exposure you gain from your study abroad experience are surely going to change the way you look at the world!