Latin. Swedish. Why learn languages? 10 good reasons to learn a foreign language! Everyone speaks English, right?
Well, certainly not everyone speaks English. According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 % of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language. That number doubles when people who speak English as a second or third language are counted. By conservative estimates, that means that well over four-fifths of the world's population does not speak English. It's true that English has become a global lingua franca over the past several decades. "... Learning another language gives the learner the ability to step inside the mind and context of that other culture.
As globalization and mobility and communications are bring the world ever closer together, ever more urgent is the need for global citizens to be competent in other languages. Book tip: Here is an additional resource that underscores just how critical it is for English speakers to be learning foreign languages: How to Learn a Foreign Language. Note : These guidelines should be rigorously followed, even if you are taking a language course. 1) Spend the time! By far the most important factor is how much time you are immersed in the language.
The more time you spend with the language, the faster you will learn. This means listening, reading, writing, speaking, and studying words and phrases. This does not mean sitting in class looking out the window, nor listening to other students who do not speak well, nor getting explanations in your own language about how the language works. 2) Listen and read every day! Listen wherever you are on your MP3 player. 3) Focus on words and phrases! Build up your vocabulary, you’ll need lots. 4) Take responsibility for your own learning! If you do not want to learn the language, you won’t. 5) Relax and enjoy yourself! Do not worry about what you cannot remember, or cannot yet understand, or cannot yet say. Why should I learn a language? Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication.
The reasons below may help to convince you to take the plunge, if such persuasion is needed. Some reasons are practical, some aspirational, some intellectual and others sentimental, but whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why you're learning a language can help to motivate you in your studies. Kolik jazyků znáš, tolikrát jsi člověkem. The more languages you know, the more you are human. (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk) Emigration When you move to a different country or region, learning the local language will help you to communicate and integrate with the local community.
Family and friends If your partner, in-laws, relatives or friends speak a different language, learning that language will help you to communicate with them. Work If your work involves regular contact with speakers of foreign languages, being able to talk to them in their own languages will help you to communicate with them. Study or research Travel Studying abroad Food.