Ask the experts, search the internet, and you’ll find countless reasons to learn a new language – and virtually none not to! Here are uno, dos, tres, cuatro and more reasons to pick up a new language, whatever your age.

 

Make the world your oyster! With an RCS Personal Loan, you can learn a new language and take your skills abroad to further your career, meet the person of your dreams or simply enjoy the holiday you dream of.

 

 

WHY BABIES SHOULD BE BILINGUAL

Research has found that early childhood is the best time to learn a new language. If your child comes from a bilingual background, give them the advantage of learning both tongues at once.

 

It’s understood that the need to shift attention between languages gives babies several cognitive advantages, like better problem solving and metalinguistic skills, according to Theconversation.com. It will also help your little one to communicate effectively with all sides of the family – and open up exciting opportunities for family holidays.

 

Where to study: Don’t want to feel left out? While your baby effortlessly adopts your partner’s language, you can brush up on your own skills. Unisa offers courses in several of South Africa’s official languages, including Northern Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa and Southern Sotho.

 

 

WHY TEENS SHOULD LEARN A FOREIGN TONGUE

Want to give your child the best shot at a great career and better earning potential? Sign them up for foreign language classes.

 

In many parts of the world, it’s the norm – not the rarity – for kids to know two or more languages. English may be one of the world’s most common official languages, but it’s far from the only one. Research has found that students who study more than one language perform better in their core subjects, have more empathy, demonstrate greater cross-cultural understanding, have greater career prospects, and are better able to think outside of the box, according to Pandatree.com.

 

Where to study: TAALkor language school offers language learning for all ages, in a wide range of South African and international languages. You learn hands-free via audio, making it perfect for teens and adults on the go.

 

 

WHY ADULTS SHOULD EXPAND THEIR LINGUISTIC ABILITIES

Just because you didn’t learn another language as a kid doesn’t mean you can’t start right now. Whether you’re stagnating in your career, itching for an adventure, or wanting to exercise your brain in a new way, learning a language is the perfect way to do it.

 

From a career perspective, being bi- or multilingual can open many new doors – a whole world of opportunities, if you will – and greater earning potential too. You can meet new people, build new friendships and form deeper cross-cultural connections. Learning a new language is also known to boost brain power, improve memory and help you make decisions faster, according to EF.com.

 

There’s also the water-cooler appeal: knowing another tongue makes you more interesting, can open you up to more interesting experiences, and can help you meet more interesting people.

 

Retired? Taking a sabbatical? Scrimped and saved up your leave? The dream holiday you’ve planned your whole life awaits… now, you’ll be able to speak the lingo when you land. After all, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than through language. And food. But that’s a post for another day.

 

Where to study: Wits Language School offers part-time classes in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Zulu, Mandarin, South African sign language and more. Classes are aimed at adults and focused on teaching conversational language.

 

SAY ‘OUI, SI, YEBO!’ TO AN RCS LOAN

Whether you’re packing your bags for a new job, the holiday of a lifetime or a study abroad opportunity, all you need is the desire to learn something new and your RCS Personal Loan. With access to up to R150 000 in cash, flexible repayments and a fast, paperless process, we can help you make your dreams a reality today… because life’s too short not to. Andiamo!