5 Reasons Why Learning a Language is Good for You

With most of the world locked indoors for the foreseeable future, now is the best time to settle down with the books and your computer and learn a language, or practice the one you’re learning now. Here’s why…

It improves your memory

The fact is that the brain is like a muscle, because just like a muscle, the more it is used the better and stronger it becomes. Learning a language means you need to remember and memorise a lot of different grammatical rules, vocabulary and mistakes to avoid. This means every time you settle down to study you are giving your mind a workout and improving its ability to memorise and remember things. Multi-lingual people can recall facts, numbers and dates better than others!

Your first language will improve too

Learning grammar from another language means you become more aware of the rules for your own language. It makes you question why things are the way they are in your own language and means you can understand it better. Improving your listening skills in your new language will naturally make you a better listener in your own, as well as improving your clarity of speech when you practice pronouncing those difficult new words!

It will improve your overall academic performance

The benefits from sharpening your mind, improving your memory and easing stress will make it easier to study any subject. If you have exams in other subjects, for school or university for example, you will find studying a new language as well will aid your studying. Research has shown multi-lingual students consistently perform better than students with only one language. Your problem-solving skills will be improved and that can help you in countless ways!

It opens your horizons to new people and cultures

Imagine being able to communicate in another country fluently, understanding the people and their culture, and being able to read literature that was before inaccessible to you. Now you can really see the world through someone else’s eyes and open up new worlds and cultures for yourself. You can make new friends your new language with people that you may never have met before. Learning a new language is a chance to be involved in a new international community.

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It’s good for your career

Having a second or even third language on your CV is a sure-fire way to get that dream job you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you will be able to apply for that promotion in your company, where the job involves international travel or maybe you can apply for a job in new country and start to use and perfect your new language in a really immersive way. Some of the most successful people in the world are multi-lingual and that can be no coincidence. Learning a new language can benefit your mind, quality of life and career.

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Before you go to book your next English lesson with Scrambled Eggs, try the definitions quiz below!

5 Reasons to Learn a Language Definitions Quiz

Now you’ve read the article, try to find the definitions of the words in bold in this quiz. Good luck!

English Level Test – Take the test and learn your English level

Curious to know what your grammar level is in English? Take our English level test, part multiple choice and part fill in the blank, to find out which level you are in English.

The test is based on a points system, and the harder questions (the ones towards the end) are worth more points than the ones at the beginning of the quiz.

Out of 33 questions, there is a total 121 points possible. Here is the scale for English levels:

A1: 0-12 points. You have a very basic, elementary level of English and you definitely have a lot to learn!
A2: 13-37 points. You have a moderate understanding of the basics, such as the simplest grammar forms and some of the most essential vocabulary, but you struggle a lot in actual conversation.
B1: 38-78 points. You are an intermediate speaker. You have a solid foundation, but have difficulty with complex words, constructions and topics.
B2: 79-102 points. You are a lower advanced speaker. You have mastered the basics and essentials, and have no difficulty expressing yourself. Occasionally, with more complex discussions, you have difficulty, but can generally get by with basic constructions and simple language.
C1: 103-115 points. You can maintain conversations with native speakers, not always knowing the best way to say something and with some gaps in lexicon. For the most part, you are perfect in grammar.
C2: 116-121 points. You are an expert, able to use idiomatic expressions, proverbs and complex grammar constructions.

Time to take the quiz!

English Level Test

Take the following quiz to test your English skills!

 

Naturally, this is just a small level in terms of what your actual level is. At Scrambled Eggs, before we start a new course, we ask the students to take an oral test with one of our teachers to understand the real level of each student before starting their English course.

If you’re interested in learning more English, be sure to check out our English language blog. We’ve got lots of different English exercises to help you learn and improve English, from classic grammar exercises to interesting Ted Talks held by some of the most influential speakers in the world!

6 Adjectives to Describe Food

Food is an extremely important part of the Italian lifestyle. You could say it’s one of the most important aspects! With this in mind, the Team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan have put together six awesome adjectives that you can use to describe different types of food and their texture.

First up on our list is mushy. Think baby food, or mashed potato!

Up next is stale. If food has become stale, it is normally no longer good to eat.

Next on the list is chewy. This word is used to describe food that is difficult to chew.

Another fantastic adjective is crispy. Think roasted chicken! In fact, crispy is the opposite to mushy.

The penultimate word for today’s blog is creamy. Think soup, or risotto!

This list wouldn’t be complete without this last word: greasy. This word perfectly sums up how a Full English Breakfast should be.

Now, that you have these 6 fantastic adjectives to describe food, visit your nearest restaurant, order some food and start describing it! Happy eating!

Don’t forget to comment below and tell us which adjective you like the best!

Last but not least, if you have enjoyed reading this article, click here to read some of our other blogs and continue learning English.