Why learn a foreign language? Of course you may need to learn because of your job, you may be relocating to a country, or have a holiday home there. But even if you are a “leisure learner”, there are many reasons to learn a language. Having learnt four over the years, here are some of mine:

  • Speak to the locals in their own language when you visit.
  • Learn more about the culture of a country you love: it’s much easier if you speak its language too.
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friendships.
  • Exercise your brain: it’s proven that learning a new skill helps keep you young!
  • Watch films and listen to songs in the original language
  • Read newspapers or books, or watch the news in the original language.
  • Develop your communication skills: if you can talk in French in front of other people, it’s amazing what it does for your confidence in your own language!
  • Something to add to your CV.