Monday, January 5, 2009

Why Learn A Second Language Today!

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I prefer to say " second" or if you are a real language practitioner "third" language instead of the tired, exclusive use of the word "foreign" language.

Many reasons exist for learning a second or third language. Only a partial list is below. What are you reasons for learning another language?

1. Travel - Whether it's Paris or Phuket, knowing a little of the local language goes a long way. Natives always appreciate another attempting to speak their language.

2. Culture - Perhaps you are interested in the literature, poetry, films, TV programs, music or some other aspect of the culture of people who speak a particular language and want to learn their language in order to gain a better understanding of their culture. What a joy it is reading, listening or watching culture in its original language. Reading Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha in Spanish or Hugo's Les Misérables in French beats a translation any day.

3. Food - Language, culture, and food are intertwined. From sipping French wine or savoring chocolate and churros, one gains a greater appreciation of food and culture by knowing the language.

Send us the reasons why you are studying another language. Please identify the language and why. We will include the best responses in a subsequent blog entry.

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