Why Learn A New Language? Why Not!

Nowadays, in a time of globalisation, it is vital that we communicate correctly, that’s why learning new languages is so important. However, learning a language should not only encompass the monotonous repetition of hour-long grammar and syntax study sessions, but be a more natural approach to the socio- and cultural application in every day life, eg. In many work places nowadays, people will have to deal with international investors and colleagues, knowing how to speak and behave as to not upset or insult them unknowingly is a fantastic advantage.

Learning a new language not only enables you not only to speak in that language, but depending on the language at hand can also increase the eloquence and fluency of how you speak in other languages, eg. I have always found an interest in Latin and Greek  Pre- & Suffixes, now I know so many that with some specific words I can guess what it means because of the  Pre-& suffixes, without previously hearing the word before.

If you assume more languages and cultural aspects into yourself, you will become a less narrow-minded person, this will also make you a more socially acceptable person, as people who can speak more than one language are classified as more intelligent to people that only speak one language.

I myself am fluent in German and English, I also apart from the previous two, study French, Japanese and Irish and have found these to be great as references in many aspects of my life.

and because Languages are just so beautiful when spoken fluently!

Find out Where they speak what!

Click Below to see My video on Why you should learn more languages

Why learn more Languages? Why Not!

In case my Video doesn’t work, you can look at it on my YouTube page at

here are a few links I find interesting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

http://www.tg4.ie/

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/most_spoken_languages.htm

http://blog.mightyverse.com/2010/10/how-many-people-speak-a-second-language/

http://www.uni.edu/becker/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/index.html

http://www.llas.ac.uk/resourcedownloads/6063/700_reasons.pdf

and a quote or two

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ~Nelson Mandela

“I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.” ~Jane Wagner

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I really hope I have convinced at least one person to learn a new language,

Thank you for reading my post.

P.S:  Sorry its a bit long, but I felt I couldn’t put it any shorter.

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Simon

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  • Judge 1 November 30th 2011 at 3:46 pm   #     

    Exactly, why not learn more languages? Nobody can give me a satisfactory answer, because there isn’t one! Having studied Latin and Greek, I understand what you mean… Keep up your open mind and your love of languages!

  • Ciara Rock December 4th 2011 at 10:56 am   #     

    Great essay Simon! Maybe it’ll even be an opinion topic for the Leaving Cert! En hora buena!
    Ciara

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