Risks and Rewards of a polyglot

The desire to learn new languages is common. It is so because humans are always looking to find the novel ways to express themselves. A person who has the ability to be able to speak in multiple languages is known as a polyglot.

The process of becoming a polyglot can be a long term endeavor, but it has significant rewards such as:

  • It helps improve cognitive functionality pertaining to the ability to process information. Polyglots can not only sift through volume data and act on relevant data, but also absorb a high quantum of information.
  • People who have come to master multiple languages have felt a reduction in response time to any conversation topic. The vocabulary can be accessed and selection of reply words made in instants. Multilingualism when embraced provides not only eloquent, but brings an overall improvement in conversation skills.
  • When one learns a new language, one gets a taste of new cultures and people. The journey of each new language is through a variety of mindsets. This provides a true global exposure and all boundaries and limitations just blur away.
  • One gets more appreciation in social circles and there is a definite upward surge in admiration at the abilities on display.
  • It improves the brains pattern recognizing and problem solving capabilities over time.

While there are many benefits of becoming a polyglot, there may also be certain pitfalls or risks of a polyglot as well in the process:

  • People want to learn languages in order to brag about their knowledge. This kind of motivation does not result in a proper commitment towards a language and can prove quite damaging later.
  • People often select grammatically challenging foreign language to start with, instead of a simple one. This makes the task of absorbing the new language extremely tedious due to the counterintuitive aspects involved.
  • One should not try to learn more than one language at a time. If one tries to do so as to achieve too much too soon, it may cause considerable trouble as well as affect the retention of the respective language nuances.
  • People are often plagued by the wrong notion that they must speak a particular language only when in the native country. However, this only results in lack of practice and the skill set becomes rusty. Thus, lack of frequent use itself becomes a risk.
  • People often set about wanting to be polyglots, not realizing the expectations from the tag. Polyglots are often under scrutiny to speak without an accent and that can be quite a challenge. Hence, one may put a lifetime worth of efforts only to find that the accents or vocabularies are jumbled up.

People want to become polyglots for a number of reasons, but those reasons should have a passion behind them. One should not have the objective of bragging behind learning new languages. It reduces not only the worth of the exercise, but also takes out the passion from the endeavor.


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