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What Good Is Learning Another Language?

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Posted on September 21, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
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If you live in England then part of the curriculum at school is learning to speak another language. In actual fact when I was at school then I had to learn two different languages at the same time (French and Spanish) for 2 whole years. Yet within a year of stopping the lessons then I could barely remember a word of them, and I have never had to use them either. So that begs the question, ‘what is the point?’.

You need to work hard if you want to learn a language, you can’t just jump in with a cheap learn French DVD that you bought for 10 bucks and learn a few basic phrases and objects, you won’t get a chance to use them even if you are on holiday. Or even worse, if there is a phrase you can learn on the DVD, like ‘Please tell me where I can buy food’ or something along those lines, then the person you are speaking to might assume you can understand them and try speaking to you in their language!

To be able to speak and understand the language to any degree then you need to invest both time and money in getting lessons a year or so (I know I had years of lessons, but I wasn’t interested in learning the languages so that is why I didn’t retain any of it). It will take a lot longer than that to become fluent in the language, but you will be able to hold a basic conversation with someone and know a lot of useful phrases and words to help you out too. If you just want to speak a little bit of the language on holiday then it is probably better for you to get a phrasebook instead which you can look in anytime you want to ask for something.

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