Learning a new language means our “Dimag” or the brain has to work more! It is a good exercise for the brain. Especially if it is a new language which you have not heard of while growing up. The brain has to deal with complexity in making sense of the writing reading and pronunciation patterns. This is supposed to make the brain stronger.(Universal fact: Good exercise increases strength!) It increases memory, problem solving and thinking skills. It also increases concentration. Multi tasking becomes easier!
Look at it the other way round. We may have been used to multi tasking; and pressures demanding high levels of concentration, due to the environment around us. By external factors; the environment changes. Our brain is suddenly unoccupied.. bereft. Now this may be good as a pause, but remember exercise is necessary. So we need to add that challenge for the brain. I believe learning a “foreign” language, a language we have not been exposed to much, will help us.
Learning a language was always on my list. With some time on my hands, I decided to pursue it. And I started with Spanish! It is the second most spoken language in the world. There is also enough material available online to study it on our own. And I am sure as time goes by, I will be able to practice my skills.
And here it goes.. it is a bit strange as to way the genders and verbs are expressed in different languages. Even in India , with a plethora of languages, people get confused with agreement of genders with verbs! In my current early lessons in Spanish, I am struggling with hamburguesa (hamburger) being a la (feminine) and a sandwich being an el (masculine) ! The vaso (glass) is un/ el and taza (cup) is una/ la. Azucar (sugar) is a he and Sal ( salt) is a she!
Well yes! that’s a challenge for the brain right? I am actually enjoying it. It is also a creativity exercise for me as I try to associate them with stories of my own! e.g Its the men who are sweet(azucar), and the women who are salty(sal) and zesty. The creativity and the brain exercises are definitely increasing the strength , capacity and alertness! I will be writing more of my journey into Español as I course along further. Till then,