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					Why Should I Learn a Foreign Language?

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More and more software programs, electronic devices, and websites devoted
to foreign languages are being developed daily. Why all the excitement?
Why would YOU want to learn a foreign language?


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More and more software programs, electronic devices, and websites devoted
to foreign languages are being developed daily. Why all the excitement?
Why would YOU want to learn a foreign language?

Job Advancement - Get the Competitive Edge

Many large corporations and government agencies have positions requiring
a second language. In a country like Canada, which is officially
bilingual, someone who knows both French and English will have better
employment prospects.

Travel

Travel to a foreign country can be exciting - and also very exasperating
if you can't understand the local speech. Many North Americans are
somewhat egocentric in this regard, expecting to find English spoken no
matter where they are. Although this is sometimes true in larger cities,
don't expect to find English-speakers in small communities.

Relatives

The world is a melting pot of cultures and languages. You probably have
living relatives in other countries with whom you could communicate more
effectively if you took the effort to learn at least a few words.

Genealogy Research

Some of your ancestors probably spoke a different language. If you plan
to search old genealogical records, you will be more successful with at
least a basic understanding of your ancestors' language(s).

Understanding Your Own Language

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, 'Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt,
weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.' or 'Those who don't know foreign
languages know nothing of their own.' Learning a foreign language will
give you a much better understanding of English. Your knowledge of
English grammar, vocabulary, verb tenses, and sentence construction will
improve when you tackle another language.

Self-Actualization and Challenge

If you've already been everywhere and done everything - perhaps it's time
to tackle something new. What could be more challenging and rewarding
than immersing yourself in another language?

Opera, Poetry, and Prose Appreciation

Artistic works written in a different language often cannot be fully
appreciated when translated into English. This is especially obvious when
listening to poetry. If poetry is translated into English with a
preserved rhyming scheme, the meaning of the poetry is almost always
altered. Being able to listen to the original language - with its subtle
tones and nuances - will lend to a greater appreciation of the artist.

Culture Appreciation

One can only truly comprehend a foreign culture if the language is also
understood. Exactly what is 'Bratwurst' or 'Calvados'? And what about
foreign films? Wouldn't you like to be able to watch something with
subtitles - and skip reading them?

Invigorate the Brain

Adults benefit from the brain stimulation produced by language training.
Seniors who tackle a foreign language show improved brain function over a
period of time. Students who learn foreign languages as children score
better on academic tests. There is also evidence to suggest that they may
be more creative and resourceful when faced with solving complex tasks.

Learning Teaches You How to Learn

The self discipline and study habits acquired through successful
acquisition of a foreign language can be applied to many other aspects of
your life.

Studying Abroad

What better way to learn about a country's culture than to study there?
This requires an excellent command of the local language.

Communicate With Someone Secretly in Public

Imagine chatting in public with a friend about something private, knowing
that only your friend understands!

Make Online Penpals and Friends
The internet is transforming our world into an intimate global village
where you can chat via e-mail, forums, live chat sessions, and
audio/video feeds.

Impress a Date?

In closing - male or female - you will make points with your bilingual
date by learning a few important words. If your date doesn't speak a
foreign language, he or she will be impressed by the enchanting allure of
intimate expressions in one of the 'romance' languages.

So - what are you waiting for? Get learning!

				
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