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Learning a language doesn't have to be so hard!

Learning a foreign language is a big undertaking, but there is a way to make it less painful. We know because we’ve experienced it firsthand – our team has lived and worked in more than 12 countries, studied 10 languages, and still struggled with language barriers! The problem was not what we were learning, but how we were learning.

If you’ve ever tried to learn a language then you should know that most courses heavily focus on grammar and structure. That’s all well and good, but you shouldn’t need to know seven verb tenses to be able to order a coffee in another language! Most traditional methods are cumbersome, old-fashioned, and full of irrelevant information – and with little focus on how people actually speak in real life, there’s no guarantee you will be prepared for real conversations with real people.

That's why we built Smigin: a sleek, responsive, multilingual platform that makes speaking another language easier and more accessible for everyone. Since 2012, we've empowered users in over 175 countries to instantly speak a foreign language and engage in conversations while traveling. All our content has been specially curated to help you say the words and phrases you need for various real-world situations. We even managed to “bake in” the grammar you need, so you don’t have to worry about verb conjugations and sentence structures to have a conversation! You simply start speaking.

5 Benefits of Learning a Language

There are many reasons why people learn a second, third, or even fourth language. Most of the world's population – about 60% – speak at least two languages, usually from speaking both English and a national language while growing up. Those who don't grow up bilingual often learn a language to fulfill an academic requirement, conduct better business with international partners, or prepare to relocate to a new country. 

If you're still deciding whether you want to learn a language, then you've come to the right place. With the right approach, learning a new language has several benefits that will change the way you think, speak, and live your day-to-day life. The best part? It's never too late to start!

  1. It comes in handy when you travel abroad. Well this is obvious, isn't it? Language connects people, and traveling is a whole lot better when you have some of the local language under your belt. You'll be able to speak to locals, navigate foreign cities, and even score better deals while bargain-shopping or trying different activities on your trip. 
  2. It boosts your self-confidence. When you're able to speak another language – no matter how much or how little – you get a little confidence boost. Even carrying out a 30-second conversation in a foreign language can feel like a massive achievement, and the feel-good energy you'll get from learning a foreign language can be applied to a wide variety of other life goals you might have.
  3. You improve your native language skills. You might notice that non-English speakers who learn British English (or learn American English) speak with much better grammar than native English speakers. That's because you pay more attention to grammar, syntax, and sentence structures when you learn a second language. This leads to a greater appreciation of and significant improvements in your ability to speak your native language.
  4. It expands your career opportunities. Foreign language skills are guaranteed to boost your resumé. Language skills boost your ability to communicate with potential clients and suggest that you're flexible to people of various cultures, thus giving your resumé a competitive edge over job applicants who only speak one language. 
  5. Your brain will love you. Really. Yup, learning another language makes you smarter. Various research studies have suggested that learning languages makes you a better multitasker. It boosts your memory. Language learning also activates parts of your brain that, in turn, improve your creativity, planning, and decision-making skills.