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

January 7th, 2013 by macijauskaite3gabriele3s

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.


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The oldest communication way is the ship

May 7th, 2012 by macijauskaite3gabriele3s

By Gabriele Macijauskaite (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

The ships we come across nowadays are large, sturdy and self propelled vessels which are used to transport cargo across seas and oceans. This was not the case centuries ago, and the current ship has undergone countless centuries of development to become what it is today.

Already in ancient times humans tended to live near water because it was not only a good place to live but also a perfect place for communication. The first boat was a simple frame of sticks lashed together and covered expertly with sewn hides and these boats could carry large and heavy loads easily. Another ancient boat was the dugout which is a log that is hollowed out and pointed at the ends. Some of these were even as long as eighteen meters

Sailing vessels were used by many ancient nations: Chinese, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans. In 1787 in England the first 21.5 meters long steel ship was built  and in 1807 the United States built the first steamer. Steamers changed sailing vessels only in the XIX century.

The real age of communication was The Age of Discovery  – a period from the early 15th century and continuing into the early 17th century, during which European ships travelled around the world to search fpr trading goods such as gold, silver, and spices. In the process, Europeans encountered peoples and mapped lands previously unknown to them and it changed people‘s attitude to the world.

Shipping in Šilutė

A famous fish market was opened in Šilutė almost 500 years ago, because it is a great place for fishermen – Šilutė is situated near the longest river in Lithuania the Nemunas and the Curonian Lagoon. Going downstream the Šyša river you can easily access the rivers of the Nemunas delta, Curonian lagoon and the Baltic Sea.

There is a harbor foe small ships in Šilutė and its story started at the beginning of the XX century, before the First World War. The steamers came up to this harbor from Klaipeda, Tilsit (Russia) and Konigsberg (Russia). During the Soviet period the harbor import declined. But nowadays Šilutė‘s harbor is reconstructed and it is one of the most beautiful places in Šilutė.

There is one place in Šilutė distric where ships or simple boats are the basic communication way. It‘s a small fishermen’s village called Mingė. This village is unique in Lithuania as the main “road” is the river. Houses are situated on both banks and there is no bridge to connect them. The only way to get around is to use a boat. Mingės village is often called as „Lithuanian Venice“. It is a famous place for country tourism, there are many places to stay and to enjoy boat trips arround the regional park.

Do you have places like this in your city or country? What do you think about shipping as one of the communication ways?