Commending Speakers of Other Languages
I commend those who speak more than one language.
a) Some are lucky and have learnt it in a very easy way. I will give my example: English is my First language but I have spent some time in Africa, so I picked up the language gradually, until I could flow with it. There are bits I still don’t understand and I don’t speak in a strong accent but it’s enough for me to communicate.
b) Others have to actually study it. Example in the UK, there are lots of foreigners who are learning English as a Second language. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a very popular course in all UK Colleges.
c) There are also people who either learn another language for pleasure or because they are relocating.
How many Languages do you Speak?
- People speak fast to you (in the language you are learning)
- Getting the right Word Order – “I like you very much”, when translated can be “I like very much you” in other languages.
- Learning how to write it.
- Getting the right pronunciation. One of my students once said to his friend during a Lesson Activity “nice Sh*t, what he mean was “Nice Shirt”. Also, during a “Describing People” lesson a lady said to another “you smell”, she meant “you small”. (you are small/petit). In Spanish "Juan" is pronounced as "hwahn". So, wrong pronunciation can get one into trouble.
- You can communicate with a wider range of people. I can greet people in many languages and say some phrases. One of my Ice Breakers for when I start teaching a new class is to ask students to Introduce themselves (to the class) and name their Country. I respond by saying "hello" in their Language. Sometimes, I get it right and if I don't they tell me the correct word - It gets everyone smiling.
- Funny one – If people are talking about you, you’ll understand. I’ve heard of some African ladies speaking in their language about an English man who sat nearby. They went on an on and he later spoke to them in an African language. They were stunned. Classic! (He must have spent some time in Africa)
- You could be paid more or could negotiate an increased salary. Example a Bilingual Secretary should earn more than a Secretary who speaks just one language, especially if it would benefit the Company.
- You lean quicker if you live in the country that speaks the language you are learning.
- There are lots of Hubbers on HubPages who have English as a Second Language and they write very good Hubs – You can find them in Grammar Police Arrests.
- Before my first visit to Barcelona, I paid for Spanish Lessons. When I got there, the people spoke to me so fast, It took me a long time for me to break it down, let alone start phrasing an answer. So, I spoke in English throughout the holiday.
** Learning languages is a Challenge but certainly worthwhile.**
My Question to you is: What Language do you think would be the most difficult to learn?
- Culture Lesson From My Students | Gomestic
In life we learn lessons from so many things and from so many people, including children and if we are humble enough, we will be more the wiser. I share a very short lesson I learnt from my Bulgarian Students.