Let us remember the legend about the Tower of Babel. Almighty God did not want people, who were erecting the grand and high tower, to reach heavens and become equal to Him. Probably, He knew that it was only pride or greed that drove them, but this is another story. How could He stop them? As the legend says, at that time all people spoke only one language, so they could understand each other perfectly. God decided to split them all up into many-many different nations and endow each nation with its own tongue.
Since then people from different parts of the world cannot communicate unless at least one of them knows the language of their interlocutors, or unless they have just any common language to speak. Could we imagine that thousands of inventions, philosophical ideas, works of literature and many other achievements, which nowadays are rightly considered to belong to the whole mankind, could have been never discovered and comprehended but for those courageous who dared or just had to learn the languages of their creators? Well, fortunately, we could not.
It is obvious that until the 21st century the necessity to know more than one language has not lost its topicality despite some efforts to invent a global language like Esperanto, and even despite the fact that today there is a number of special gadgets that can easily help us with translations. Actually, every language possesses much more than specific vocabulary and grammar. The language should be considered as a storehouse for priceless cultural treasures, regardless of whether they were created by its speakers centuries ago or are reflecting the current events and ideologies.
Learning a Foreign Language: Practical Approach to the Issue
There is probably no need to repeat that today each of us has significantly more opportunities to study languages than even in the very beginning of the third millennium, that is almost 20 years ago, to say nothing of the previous centuries. The reasons why we choose to learn this and not that tongue are determined by plenty of factors, which are also not worth being listed here.
You may dream of becoming a Japanese interpreter as well as of singing the songs of your favorite French chanteur, however trivial the latter may sound. Still, regardless of what has prompted you to spend several days a week on diving deep into the mysteries of any foreign language, let us look at what you get when trying to comprehend them from the practical point of view.
- Firstly, you can understand (though, when just beginning, not as well as you would like to) what other people say and write while their messages can remain a complicated code of sounds or signs for the “uninitiated”.
- Secondly, you acquire the knowledge that will always stay by you in your memory and, what is more, you will hardly ever regret that you possess it.
- Thirdly, even if you have a particular purpose to learn a particular language, you will not be able to avoid noticing how multifunctional your knowledge will appear to be. Let us assume that you are going to study Spanish because you want to go to South America as a volunteer. So, you mostly need to know how to speak and read in Spanish. However, at the same time you will also learn how to write in Spanish, you will be able to understand Spanish songs, and you will find out more about the culture and mentality of the people who speak this language.
- Fourthly and by default, you receive access to a much larger number of information sources. You probably know that even the Wikipedia articles written in different languages do not duplicate one another: for example, if you need to find something about the French revolution, the article in French contains the facts that are not mentioned in the English article. And that is to say nothing about news, reports, interviews, and the like.
- Fithly and last but not least: (who knows when it will happen but the fact is that it definitely will) a poor foreigner, lost in your home town, will bump into you and you will not only save his or her time or, maybe, life, or whatever, but also create a good impression of your country. Besides, such experience will simply gratify your ambitions.
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Of course, it is quite difficult to predict how our world will change under the impact of the constantly developing technology, but still we can be sure that in the near future the knowledge of foreign languages will stay very valuable. That is why our blog is dedicated to the description and explanation of various topical aspects which concern not just the study of different languages but also their history and place in the modern society. We hope that you, our reader, will be able to discover the whole realm of truly great opportunities encrypted in the foreign language and waiting for you to unravel them.