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Do English Speakers Need A Second Language?

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 05/11/2012 at 15:50
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This is something that I have been asking myself for some time now.

English is internationally spoken and many people learn it as a second language.

Should we fall back on this or embrace the diversity that lies in other languages? Welsh, German, French and Italian. All of these I have considered learning. But do I need to really?


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Commented 42 months ago - 5th November 2012 - 18:26pm

As a Welsh learner myself, I think learning another language is benefiting in more ways than one!
Not only does it give you the chance to be able to speak with those who speak the language you're learning, but learning another language is rumored to help with actual thinking in some way, helping one to think differently having learnt a language! Learning a second language also then makes it easier to then learn a third language and so on.
Personally, although English is widely spoken and learnt worldwide, I believe that learning another language is a necessity to understanding other cultures, and also, it's enjoyable!



Commented 42 months ago - 6th November 2012 - 00:13am

Why we're even having this discussion is beyond me. The answer is undoubtedly yes! Learning a second language is beneficial in so many way that it would be patronising to even list them!



Commented 42 months ago - 6th November 2012 - 17:58pm

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Languages are magnificent, beautiful things, and to limit yourself to one is like limiting yourself to eating the same meal every day. Currently I'm learning French and Arabic, and I'm hoping to learn Korean at some point, because the characters are so beautiful.
If you have the opportunity to learn a new language, TAKE IT. You'll indubitably regret it if you don't.



Commented 42 months ago - 7th November 2012 - 01:33am

I totally agree but if someone is unbelievably busy and know for a fact they will be far too snowed under, then they shouldn't be forced.
I'm learning Spanish next year because my best friend is moving to Spain and I promised that I'd stay all summer so I will need it. I can speak a little french and I plan to learn Polish.

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