(4)Foreign languages learning – key to the better life

By Gabrielė Macijauskaitė (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

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Kolik jazyků znáš, tolikrát jsi člověkem.

You live a new life for every new language you speak.

If you know only one language, you live only once.

(Czech proverb)

 

The importance of learning foreign languages. Language is a human speech, either spoken or written. It is the most common system of communication. It allows people to talk to each other and to write their thoughts and ideas. Wherever there is a human society, there is a language. A common language enables human being to work together in many ways. Language has made possible the development of advances, technological civilization. Without a language there would be little or no science, religion, art, literature, government and philosophy.

Scholars determined that there are about 3000 languages spoken in the world today. This number does not include dialects (local forms of languages). The reasons for learning a new languages are varied, but the importance is universal: it will always benefit you in one way or another.

 

Reasons why it‘s good to learn another languages. First of all, learning a foreign language increases your range of communication. For instance, if you speak only English, you can communicate with over 400 million people. If you also learn Spanish, you could speak to any of the 297 million Spanish speaking people in Latin America, Spain and other parts of the world.

Moreover, foreign languages  are also important to those who are working in business.  Foreign languages help to make a great first impression. In many cultures attempting to speak the language is viewed as a sign of respect and has the potential to open doors in the future.

Finally, learning a language of another country helps to understand its culture. Language becomes a key to look at the nation‘s culture, its traditions and its history. A Italian film director Federico Fellini says: „A different language is a different vision of life“.

 

Languages in my life. In our school students can learn English, German, Russian, Latin and French. There are two foreign languages which I am learning at school – it‘s English and Russian. As the second foreign language I chose Russian, because I think it‘s very useful and almost everybody in my family can speak it. Also my family members can speak a little Spanish and English too. In the future I would like to learn one more language, for example Spanish, because it‘s a beautiful and, also, a useful language.

 

I have to mention, that while I was writing this article I found some amazing facts about foreign languages (which show that each language is unique) and I want to share some of the most interesting ones with you:

  • Somalia is the only African country in which the entire population speaks the same language, Somali;
  • More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa;
  • In 1981 Wakawaka, a language in Australia, was spoken by 3 people;
  • There are 204 languages spoken by fewer than 10 people;
  • Less than 2% of Ireland use Irish in everyday life;
  • The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France. It is not related to any other language in the world. It has an extremely complicated word structure and vocabulary;
  • The oldest written languages still in existence are Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC).

 

In conclusion, although learning a new language takes a lot of time and efforts – it is totally worth it. Learning a new spoken language isn’t as hard as you think it is. However, it can be hard when you actually begin the learning process of your new language and it is important not to become discouraged. Expect the ups and downs to come as you learn your new language.. So stick to it and don‘t give up.

 

Literature used:

www.omniglot.com

www.mariaabroad.com

www.studymode.com

www.thestudentroom.co.uk

 

 

2 Responses to “(4)Foreign languages learning – key to the better life”

  1. Fremdsprachenkenntnisse sind sehr wichtig in der Arbeitswelt, aber sie sind auch ein grundlegendes Mittel, um die anderen Kulturen kennen zu lernen. Heute werden Fremdsprachenkenntnisse in fast jedem Arbeitsbereich erwartet. Eine gemeinsame Sprache zu sprechen ermöglicht eine weltweite Kommunikation und fördert den Dialog zwischen den Völkern. Die Kenntnis von mehreren Sprachen öffnet die Tür zu einer besseren Zukunft und impliziert die Kenntnis von verschiedenen Kulturen. Die Fremdsprachen vertreten das innere Reichtum einer Person.

  2. I have agree with your opinion and I like your article because you presented used a lot of interesting information and when I read about the fact that Basque language is the most difficult I smiled because my exchange partner from Spain is learning that language.