foreign languageswhat are your opinions about the foreign languages?

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Foreign language study is significant in developing one's awareness of our global society and in helping one learn his or her own language better.

I do think that it is important to realize that the best foreign language study usually occurs when a student chooses to learn another language.  I don't teach a foreign language at my school, but most of my students strongly dislike their foreign language classes and complain about not having a lot of choices (in regards to which language they learn).

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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In today's world it is important to speak multiple languages.  In the business world international relations is important. Being able to speak the language of the client you are dealing with would assist in all transactions.  Multilingualism is a definite plus in any profession.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In case your question is about how I feel about specific foreign languages, here are a few thoughts:

I learned German when I was a little kid, it isn't harsh and guttural sounding like many people would have you believe.  If that were the case, how could we possibly have so many great choral works in German?

I learned Korean while living there and it is a wonderful language.  Much easier to read and write than English, though a bit tough to speak well.

Japanese was hard to learn to speak as well and far more complex to read and write.  Chinese was easier to speak (Mandarin) but obviously memorizing the characters was rough.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I think learning foreign languages is great if you are lucky enough to be given the opportunity. Imagine traveling to another country and being able to speak the fluent language of that country. That would be a great experience and you would be able to learn a lot more about that country and its culture.

In response to the previous response, I would like to add that it would great if educators could begin teaching students a foreign language as early as elementary school. What a terrific opportunity that would be for our youth. Too bad the funds just aren't there.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Do you mean providing opportunities to learn them in school?  I think they are as vital to a well-rounded academic education as English and Math are.  Consider that Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese (probably others but I'm just thinking about the biggies) are not entirely foreign in America right now.  Consider how big the ESL program is for schools in the south, and in those huge programs, Spanish is the primary first language.

I actually think that foreign languages should be offered in early elementary school, when children have the easiest time picking it up.

When you compare America to our socio-economic European and Asian counterparts, we are WAY behind the curve of multiple-language learning.  How can we continue to compete in a global market when we aren't even preparing our students to communicate with anyone who doesn't speak English?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Perhaps you can post a reply or something to clarify this question because it is quite vague.

To me, learning a foreign language is important because it gives you the ability to communicate with people from outside your own culture.  This is less important for Americans because so many foreigners speak English.

Speaking a foreign language also can help to broaden your horizons.  It can help you understand another culture better than you could if you did not speak the foreign language.

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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I think foreign language learning is very important, especially in today's world where people have the means to communicate with someone on the other side of the planet. 

Foreign language can really help to open peoples' eyes to new things. It allows for a higher understanding of different cultures and a better means of communication. It also really shows how differently people act, talk, dress (culture) and more from different places.

It can also be great in building connections for business purposes or just meeting new people. Foreign language is a great thing and something that I feel people should try to study. Becoming even bilingual can be quite a feat, but very helpful none the less. 

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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When you learn a new language, it also teaches you about the language's culture and background like how that language became that language. learning a new language can help you in the business world, since a lot of people speak many languages. 

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Personally I love foreign languages, you really get a chance to glance at a culture that way. Take Chinese for example they have two different writing systems traditional and simplified. With traditional writing system it marks a time before China's government became communist and the symbols had more deeper meanings and history. The simplified writing system was system designed by the government which in the process made so characters loose deep meaning and history.

Foreign languages can even help you better yourself career and education wise. It's great to know another language!

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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We should all learn them because they could be extremely helpful in the future not only in a work place but if you decided to go to other countries this could result in you understanding much easier and it is really fun to learn. When you hear people talking in the streets or on a channel broadcasting the language you learned you feel really happy and proud that you have learned that language and learning a new language should be a skill everyone learns. 

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The career world is getting very competitive nowadays. Not only do you have to be able to work efficiently and be at the top of your game, but many companies are also beginning to hire many of their applicants who can speak more than two different languages because it helps for their companies to get around. Essentially, you'd want to communicate with other people with no barriers and that helps you learn more about their cultures and traditions. I'm Filipino, so my native language is Tagalog and i've learned English going to school in the States. My schools made it a requirement to learn another language, so French was an option and my current interests included Korean. 

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Languages allow us to communicate with people that we normally would have never been able to speak to. Languages are great because they help you communicate with the world and share ideas and just talk to people. Learning other languages also help you with your first language in many ways. For example, if you see a word and it looks like a word you know in another language you can guess what it means. Languages are super important and should be valued more.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I absolutely love foreign languages. You never know when they may come in handy, like you may be able to help translate for a woman at the grocery store, and help get people what they need. Also if you're frustrated at someone you can say certain things in a language they don't know with a smile and bring your mind at ease. Not to mention its also great on resumes. Its easier to learn foreign languages if you watch shows or listen to music in that language. :)

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nabila25 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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in my opinion learning the foreign lges is some thing good , this  learning give us the key to know the traditional and the mystery of  any nation .personnally I can'tlive without learning F LGES .Iknow frensh, english spanish ,arabic and some how german lge.

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chieuhado | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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I agree that learning at least one foreign language shouuld be compulsury through High School as it is important to be able to communicate with those who speak other languages . But to speak that is a problem !!!

 

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antiel | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I think learning at least one foreign language shouuld be compulsury through High School as it is important to be able to communicate with those who speak other languages. If each person only spoke their own native language, relations between countries would be impossible. If only schools offerred a wider range of language options to students! i believe learning a foreign language would be a good life decision for every person throughout the world.

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eslamgewshy | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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i think learning foreign languages is very impotant thing as it vanish the walls between the different nations,if you learn french for example ,you will be able to know more about french people ,their culture,history,arts,even their food meals.that is the essence of learning foreign languages.

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Does your question posted on the discussion board refer to the uses of learning foreign languages? If it be so, opinions can hardly be divided. Foreign languages are very effective tools for expanding your horizons of knowledge and capacity. At the simple level of career opportunities, one or two foreign languages would be feathers of great value added to your cap.  Vocations of translators, interpreters or guides are quite lucrative these days. Another utility of learning foreign languages is to approach authors of those languages at the level of first-hand experience. Reading works of literatue and philosophy in the original is undoubtedly very rewarding.

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