Why learn languages?. Why bother?. In a multilingual world, a modern language has enormous benefit to offer all students … which arises from their being able to interact with real people who speak and use other languages. It won’t help me get a job….
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In a multilingual world, a modern language has enormous benefit to offer all students … which arises from their being able to interact with real people who speak and use other languages.
Career opportunities in leisure and tourism exist for well-qualified people …the addition of foreign language skills can only enhance European and international opportunities.
British nationals cannot initiate communication on equal terms…they are less powerful than those who have greater linguistic skills.
Learning a new language improves the use of English.
The European citizen with good language skills is better able to take advantage of the freedom to work or study in another member state.
Monolingual speakers of any variety of English will experience increasing difficulty in finding employment.
One of the cultural shocks of September 11 is, overwhelmingly, that English is simply not enough… We need to be aware as never before of foreign languages.
Language students have above average IT skills in comparison with the rest of the population.
Learning a modern language will help students develop strategies for leaning and using language that will assist them not only with their current modern language but with others that they may also learn.
Students of languages typically explore culture, literature, media and film, history, geography, politics, sociology, economics, business studies and the law.
In the society of the 21st century, multilingualism is better….Only through multilingualism can we really understand and appreciate the stranger.
Students who had already undertaken their year abroad did overwhelmingly speak of the experience as ‘one of the best things I have ever done.’
While computer-aided translation systems will speed up the process of working between languages, it is people with the experience of learning and using languages who are most likely to be able to exploit new technologies to the full.
He is studying Swahili and Welsh
She learned many of the 28 languages she speaks from the staff on her parents' farm.
'I know lots of people speak English, but being prepared to say something in someone else's language is a way of showing them that you care, that you're prepared to make the effort and you don't just expect them to speak your language. That's quite arrogant actually, isn't it?'
'We are in the 21st century and if you can't learn another language by now then something must be seriously wrong. I improved [my Spanish] on the recent England trip because I managed to have a lot of "half" conversations with McManaman'
'There are so many languages I'd like to learn to perform in – Russian, Italian. And I'd love to be able to perform in the country where I was born – Yemen'
'Well, it's wonderful to have an excuse to learn a language. [My wife's] English is better than my Italian will ever be. But, if you're going to live your life with someone you should, as a mark of respect, try to learn their way of conceptualising things'
'During my career I have interviewed people of many nationalities and know that being able to address them in their own language is a great help. It puts the interviewee at ease and makes the conversation that follows (even if that is conducted in English) much more relaxed. We all need to develop extra language skills because they are essential in our multicultural society. As a Welshman I also feel strongly that we should celebrate and respect the world’s minority languages'
'Learning a language makes our minds stronger and more flexible. Actually using it gives us an entirely new experience of the world'
'I haven't conquered Spanish yet. I'm learning and understand what's said during training. I'm progressing little by little,. Spanish is very difficult for me, although I am getting used to it. I am making an effort. It's complicated. But if I can conquer Spanish, it will have been a great achievement'