Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

 

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to highlight some of the benefits or reasons for learning foreign languages. The contemporary society is becoming more integrated, with people from various parts of the world interacting more closely. The need for individuals to understand other languages is thus on the rise. The potential to improve the global society resulting from learning foreign languages is immense. The study seeks to determine some of the ways in which understanding of foreign languages can shape the human society as a whole.

 

Keywords: Learning, foreign languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Introduction

One of the primary distinguishing attributes between people from different part of the world is their language. Consequently, there are thousands of languages throughout the world hence it is impossible for one person to learn all of them. The importance of learning a foreign language or languages cannot however be emphasized enough, especially considering the current global integration.

Reasons and Benefits of Learning Foreign Languages

Learning foreign languages has a significant impact on how people from different parts of the world understand each other. According to Sahin (2011), languages affect how human beings think and behave. Apparently, the attitude of individuals knowing one or more foreign languages differs immensely from that of a person who does not know any foreign language. People who know different languages can comprehend and comment on situations from different perspectives.

Sahin (2011) also argues that learning different languages s a way of facilitating global peace. The individual who understands foreign languages can see, as well as evaluate various world events from diverse standpoints. Kramsch (2001) also advances that knowledge has a way of bringing peace, comfort and confidence between people. Ignorance, on the other hand, causes revulsion. The knowledge derived from foreign languages hence has the capability of facilitating greater understanding between human beings, and ultimately global peace.

According to Cutshall (2005), different languages reflect the culture and social structure of people from various parts of the world. The way people live and their beliefs are directly manifested in their languages. Consequently, when people are learning foreign languages symbols, they also end up understanding the characteristics of the community using the language. Comprehending the culture of other people eventually facilitates seamless integration between people from various backgrounds.

Conclusion

People with the ability to communicate in more than one language are crucial to the society. Considering the benefits of learning foreign languages, all countries should create foundations aimed at promoting cultures from other parts of the world. Exchange programs for teachers and students can also be used to support foreign languages locally. The ultimate outcome, in this case, should be a multicultural and multilingual global society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Cutshall, S. (2005).Why we need “The Year of Languages.” Educational Leadership, 62 (4), 20-23.

Kramsch, C. (2001). Context and culture in language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sahin, Y. (2011). The importance of the foreign language learning: Contributing to world peace. US-China Education Review, 8(5), 580-588.