Sponsored by Babbel

Want to chat with locals during your vay-k? Need that extra “wow” factor on your résumé? Learning a new language might be your answer.

Luckily, language learning app, Babbel, makes it easy for anyone to pick up a new language. It skips all the mumbo jumbo of learning words you’ll probably never use and instead focuses on unique teaching techniques for real-life applications. Simply pick a language and the app will take care of the rest. Not only that, you can access the app on-the-go and get a quick lesson in anytime, anywhere (even during your trip, perhaps?).

So whether you’re jet setting off to another country or just looking to impress your colleagues, here are a few reasons why you should learn a new language:

Travel better
C’est vrai! Not only will learning a new language enhance your traveling experience, you’ll also be able to make authentic connections with the locals — further immersing you into a new culture. After all, traveling’s all about discovery.

Boost your résumé
In a competitive job market, you’ll have an edge over other applicants if you know more than one language. That’s because no matter what field you’re in, knowing a second (or even third) language appeals to employers on a global scale (just imagine closing a deal in Chinese, Spanish, or even French!).

Increase your brain power
Give your brain a workout! Studies show that those who speak two languages respond differently to sound. Researchers from Northwestern University found that “the bilingual’s enhanced experience with sound results in an auditory system that is highly efficient, flexible, and focused in its automatic sound processing, especially in challenging or novel listening conditions.” In addition, studies reveal that “bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.”

Impress everyone around you
It’s perhaps not the main reason you’d take the time to learn a new language, but it’s definitely an added bonus. Whether you’re at a French restaurant or preparing for a major presentation at work, throw a little foreign jargon in there for that “wow” factor.

xx, The FabFitFun Team