- Why do you think it is important to learn a foreign language?
I believe there are a number of explanations behind this. The chief reason might be the neccessity of global communication. What I mean here is currently the open economic policies, the development of social networking sites has been boosting the communication among people from a variety of countries. As the result, it’s essential for them to learn other languages so that they can talk, or discuss without the language barrier. For intance, if I can speak English, then absolutely, I can struck up relationships with the British or I can do business with US salespeople.
Another main basis is that people have a chance to widen their knowledge on foreign countries. Undoubtedly, when we study a language, we also get a great deal of information about the culture, geography, and the people of that country through the text books.
- How is it helpful to you to speak a foreign language?
Well, I would say without doubt that speaking a foreign language is entirely beneficial for me. One of the dominant advantages is that I can effortlessly communicate with foreign people when traveling around. For instance, when I visit Old Quarter, it is fairly easy for me to help any foreign vistors who get lost or chat with them about Vietnamese culture. As well as this, there is a strong ll can get better career opportunities if I can speak other languages apart from my mother tounge. You know, many companies offer higher salary for employees who know English, Chinese or Japanese, for example. Thus, I firmly believe that it’s my outstanding strength if I can master more than one language.
- What is the most difficult part of learning a foreign language for you?
Obviously, there are hundreds of difficulties in learning a second language. From my own experience, the most challenging aspect is pronunciation since um, firstly, I am affected by my mother tounge. I mean as I am so familiar with Vietnamese sounds, I find it exceedingly difficult to make English sounds which are inexistent in Vietnamese such as /θ/ in think or thank. The second reason for this hardship underlies in the differences in the mechanisms of speech production. What I am trying to get at is no matter how hard I practise, I can’t pronounce all the words exactly the same as the native speakers do because I have the difference throat or tounge structures.
- Why don’t some people know the language of the society they live in?
I think there is no surprise that some people is unable to understand the language used around them. Well, It’s likely that those people are immigrants. Since their mother tounge is not the language spoken in the land they’re living in, naturally , they can’t understand what people are talking about if they haven’t taken any courses to learn that language before .
Besides, the second reason is probably that they live with some physical disabilities such as deafness or muteness. Those disabilities prevent them from using and grasping normal languages, insteads, they use some exclusive types: body languages for example.
--by Emma Le--
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