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The importance of learning foreign languages

There are many languages in the world. Some of them are spoken in small tribes, others are spread all over the world like English, German, French, Spanish and surely Chinese. In today’s era, multilingualism has become more than just ‘important’. Knowing a foreign language other than your native language has evolved (развивать) to be extremely beneficial. Whether viewed from the financial or social aspect, being able to communicate in a foreign language helps to make ‘real’ connection with people and provides a better understanding of your language.

People still learn foreign languages and there are some reasons for that. The most important is communication. More and more people travel abroad and the knowledge of a foreign language helps them understand each other. With a language you can get to know and get involved with the culture. You can meet people from that country and talk to anyone you may meet on the street. You can ask for directions and know what you’re ordering in a restaurant. You may not be afraid of being misunderstanding. I can say to the point a good proverb “Learn a foreign language and you will avoid a war”. Nowadays it is a very pressing issue which concerns lots of people because of situation in Ukraine, strained relations between Russia and USA and other countries of United Nations. I have found that speaking someone’s mother tongue to them creates instant friendship as well because they feel more comfortable around you when they can be themselves. Foreigners appreciate when you speak to them on their native language, they trust you and listened to you, may be it is good way for tolerance between people and countries. Moreover, according to Maugham’s words, he mentioned that if you know foreign language it is pleasant to be able to read literature of foreign countries. Literature is a treasure that has been passing for centuries, it is great wisdom of our ancestors.

Moreover, if you want to get a good, well-paid job, you will have to know one or several foreign languages. Most companies therefore, look for candidates with foreign language skills. The English language is the official language of many international organizations such as the Olympic Committee, the United Nations and others. This is the language of computing too. Most Internet sites and software are in English. It is the native language of many countries such as Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others.

A lot of scientific books and articles are published in English. This language is becoming more and more popular and now it is hard to live without knowing it. Furthermore, many languages borrow English words and expressions and people use them in their everyday speech. Sometimes people think that English is the most spoken language in the world. However, Chinese is considered to be the most spoken language. The Chinese language together with Japanese and Arabic are believed to be the most difficult foreign languages.

In conclusion, I can say, that learning foreign languages broadens our minds, people become educated. In my opinion, languages are especially important for those who work in different fields of science and technology, in politics. A foreign language helps to know the native language better. To prove that I can say a good proverb of Goethe: “He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own." I fully agree with this writer, and as for me, learning foreign languages is my second life and my hobby as well. 

08.01.2016; 17:23
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