You know your reasons for studying Japanese. You have them written down somewhere. You look to them when you reach your low points. But something else is occurring that you didn’t plan. Japanese is actually altering your life in ways you never thought of when you began. So what freebies are you exactly getting?
1. You’re fighting diseases
Learning Japanese will help you prevent and battle the major memory diseases like Alzheimer’s as you get older. While this may not be the number one concern on your mind at your current stage of life, it never hurts to be prepared.
2. You’re developing real multi-tasking abilities
While for the most part the ability to multi-task has been proven as nothing more than an illusion, bilinguals may be actually developing this ability as they constantly have to multi-task two languages. Using that immersion ipod while doing other things? You may be on your way to becoming a master multi-tasker.
3. You’re getting better at sorting information
Your brain is being rewired to deal with two languages. This forces it to learn to sort through a wider range of information more efficiently.
4. You will live longer
To live a long and healthy life you should eat properly, exercise, and learn Japanese. Keeping the brain active until old age is just as important as keeping the body active. Why do you think so many nursing homes are adding video games to the list of daily activities to improve cognitive and physical abilities. I like to know that my studying now may add a few years onto my lifespan.
1. You’re vastly energizing your focus, willpower, and self-discipline
To take on the massive undertaking of becoming fluent in Japanese, you must have these three abilities. Japanese will help you naturally develop them as you progress.
2. You’re giving your life some added meaning
Working towards a major goal every day gives your life meaning and purpose. No matter what struggles you are facing, how much you hate your job or school, you have something to look forward to. You are changing yourself. Changing what you can do. Taking control of your life. Expanding your world and opportunities. Every day is better.
In what other ways have you noticed Japanese secretly changing your life for the better?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.