The Main Benefits of Learning and Excelling in English
Although not the most widely spoken language in the world, English is the official language in 53 countries and is spoken as a first language by approximately 400 million speakers worldwide. But that's not all, it is also the second most common language in the world. According to the British Council, around three billion people worldwide will be learning English by 2023.
Therefore, chances are that if your child meets someone from another country, they will both be able to speak English. It opens a door to the world for your child and helps them communicate with international citizens. Where does the importance of language exchange for your child come from?
Today, many films, television series, books and music are published and produced in English. By understanding English and with an excellent language exchange, you will no longer be dependent on translations and subtitles. By accessing these media, you will continuously improve your listening and reading comprehension skills.
English is currently the language of the Internet. Around 565 million people use the Internet every day and around 52% of the most visited websites are viewed in English. Therefore, teaching this language to your child gives them access to more than half of the content on the Internet, which would probably not be available otherwise. Whether for leisure or for work in the future, if he understands English, he will be able to exchange information with more people online and use many more resources.
As we pointed out before, with English being spoken as a first language in 53 countries and as a second language in 118 countries, learning this language makes it much easier for you to travel everywhere. Indeed, airport announcements, train timetables, emergency information and road signs are often in English, even in countries where the native language uses a different alphabet. It goes without saying that when you travel to a country whose language you don't speak, you are almost certain to find someone who understands a little English.
Learning a foreign language heightens your cognitive and analytical abilities. Learning a new language can be difficult and involves a lot of mental exercises. A Swedish study conducted in 2012 showed that learning a new language changes the structure of the brain, which impacts the parts of the brain responsible for memory, conscious thought and can make you more creative. In the long term, bilingualism can help maintain a functioning and healthy brain in old age, and boosts concentration and memory skills. On an individual level, it improves personality and self-esteem. In other words, learning a foreign language makes the brain stronger and more versatile.
Learning English is not only useful, it also brings you great satisfaction and making progress will make you feel better.
Learning English in Ireland is the best language tool
Learning English is not just about what you learn at school or at home. A large part of this learning depends on your immersion in the host country and its culture and it is the best language tool. When your child learns English in Ireland, it's more or less guaranteed!
Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for a language exchange abroad! The destination indeed has many advantages: the Euro as a currency, the proximity to France, the attractive prices, the green landscapes, or even the warmth and legendary hospitality of the Irish. It is very easy to settle there, and to enjoy it! It is not uncommon to extend your language exchange in Ireland.
Did you know that Ireland has the youngest population in all of Europe? Ireland can also boast of having the largest English-speaking population in Europe and expects to welcome a considerable number of international students.
However, all these data complete the picture and make this country the ideal place to study and teach English to your child. With the majority of the Irish population being young and English speaking, it is almost certain that your child will make many native English speaking friends. There's no better way to experience a country and learn a language than to make friends in the country itself, and Irish people will help your child achieve these goals.
By going on a language exchange in Ireland, your child will be in the best place to learn English. Irish people are known for being friendly and having a good sense of humor. While in Ireland, your child will quickly find themselves talking to strangers on the street.
HEBE Adventures helps you find the perfect Irish host family for your child's language exchange
With HEBE Adventures, your child's language exchange in order to be bilingual in English can be normal or intensive, at the pace you want. On the other hand, our English-speaking host families provide the children with a package of services, accommodation and meals, excursions and social activities as well as authentic cultural immersion in their everyday life.
So you can fully trust HEBE Adventures to find you the perfect English pen pal for your child's language exchange in Ireland, in order to both have a great holiday and become bilingual in English at the same time.
However, in order to help your child benefit from a good language exchange experience in English, the Hébé team is available day and night to support the accommodation of each child in Ireland. Additionally, we have Irish host families on standby for your child's travel period.
So what are you waiting for to teach your child English by sending him to an Irish host family? HEBE Adventures is waiting for you, our company is always at your service.