I spent my whole life (and still counting) learning English. Being able to converse with or do business with a greater percentage of the world’s population seems like a major plus. And they are in college! I couldn’t agree more, especially with the point that we need to be less U.S. centric. Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. French is coming back to me very quickly. Let’s just say it’s not my lifestyle…. There are plenty of these and not just for those languages typically taught in school. You certainly need not attempt to learn another language. Darwin, I shudder to think of the horrible English you’re forced to endure. Ask the Experts at ACTFL! Smart thinking. No, English doesn’t sound fast to Mexicans as you might think Spanish sounds fast. I recall while in Iraq, some of the KBR contractors would run over on R/R to the Philippines and Thailand since it was cheap, and: “Everyone is so nice and speaks English”. 4. For a short trip — for instance, five days in Milan — there’s very little chance I’ll really learn the language. ), but that doesn’t mean the study of another language is without value. But the investment is well worth it. Expand your reach. yay. Educators fill their days by attending plenary sessions and workshops, catching up with colleagues from across the country, and strolling through the Expo, which hosts more than 250 language learning organizations. Real translation is accurately articulating a feeling or a concept in another language. In the educated class, virtually all of them (and more eloquently than probably 75% of the American populous mind you). If a foreigner has to learn English, it’s because they’re in the tourism industry.  Spending a few years in your formative years learning about the language, foods, cultures and even traveling to foreign countries would do us all some good. When I’m in a foreign country I think aloud how great it would be to know the language. When learning your words, you’ll learn faster by using the very best study techniques. If you can master it, then it’s worth it. While transitting through Dubai, (Airport, Hotel etc), everyone spoke English. 2) Language is the gateway into another culture. Or just hire a Japanese-American who speaks Japanese? If you speak Farsi or Arabic, whether you are a native or have acquired advance proficiency, there are a TON of jobs for you right now, especially if you are in D.C. or willing to relocate. Bravo! I also saw a video of a French politician who said that it would be a waste if France would learn more English and would mean cultural suicide or something along those lines and I went mad because those people can really commit suicide to me. So when they travel, they don’t bother learning the language of the place they’re visiting. As a side effect of that, you might learn about another culture, which is always beneficial regardless of where you are in the world. Bilingual individuals have also been shown to be more logical and rational, have better decision-making skills and be more perceptive and aware of their surroundings. As soon as I saw the title, I knew this post would be hotly debated! So I think your article makes sense, but I don’t think that it applies to all kinds of business. We’re here to remind you that not only is it important, it may very well be necessary. Talk about some serious benefits! I have to agree. One of my passions is evolutionary biology. Even if you butcher a language, it is better to fail than to never try. (Probably a requirement in the tourism industry, but you could find your way around to the next English speaker). I have friends who have snagged plum jobs with the U.S. government or with contractors because of their language abilities. I love languages myself and am making a life learning them all, but I get really irritated when people ask me what I’m gonna do with my Japanese major and French minor. … Plus, learning a language is FUN! Thanks public schools! It’s amazing and alarming at the same time. At first I was like, mhmm, this makes a lot of sense. In all cases they are expected to learn the language which is used for instruction and assessment so that they access the curriculum and progress to higher education and employment. If you need to flag this entry as abusive. Language is the best introduction to a new culture. Everybody who. Facing difficulties in learning or teaching a second language? Learning foreign languages helped me a lot to communicate more effectitvely and correctly in my mother language (German). Learning anything new gives you a feeling of confidence and accomplishment,and learning a new language is no exception. You went from calling me lazy to tedious. There’s no point learning a programming language with a high salary potential unless you enjoy writing programs with it. I feel that my language ability will help me to gain a broader base of clientele, just as any other language could. In my opinion, the best reason for learning another language is just for the mental exercise. That was how I understood it. Language Ways to say point; Armenian: Õ¯Õ¥Õ¿ Edit: Azerbaijani: nöqtə Edit: Bengali: বিন্দু Edit: Chinese Simplified: 点 [diǎn] Edit: Chinese Traditional: 點 [diǎn] Edit: Georgian: წერტილი Edit: Gujarati: બિંદુ Edit: Hindi: बिंदु Edit: Hmong: point Edit: Japanese: ポイント Edit: Kannada I learned more about English grammar and sentence construction in my foreign language classes than I did in English. Those of us who have already learned foreign languages tend to find it much easier to learn another one because we’ve learned a lot from our previous mistakes. While language learning styles are more general, it should not be confused with language le… Whenever I travel anywhere, i will use only English and praise everyone for their great command of the “only language worth knowing”. Since a language is a doorway to a particular culture, learning a new language enables a person to have a broader understanding of that race or culture. My husband refuses to leave the state, so I am faced with the possibility of having to divorce my husband if I ever want to be employed again. The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology. Because it has no value or interest to them at that point in time. Know Enough to Get By. It will be either me or it. I will say it has come in handy a few times (seeing an adolescent for therapy whose parents don’t speak English), but it’s mostly useless because I don’t use it enough to remember. 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