Language Networks for Excellence

Curriculum Centre For Languages

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Why should I learn a language?

Learning a foreign language will take time and dedication. The reasons below might help to convince you to take the steps, if such persuasion is needed. Some of the reasons are practical, some intellectual and others sentimental, but for whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why you are learning a language will help to motivate you in learning it.

A basic ability in a foreign language will help you to ‘get by’, i.e. to order food and drink, find your way around, buy tickets, etc. If you have a more advanced knowledge of the language, you can have real conversations with the people you meet, which can be very interesting and will add a new dimension to your holiday.

Studying abroad in a University

If you plan to study at a foreign university, you’ll need a good working knowledge of the local language, unless the course you want to study is being taught in your own language. Your institution will more than likely provide preparatory courses to help improve your language skills and will provide continuing support through your course.

Required courses

You might be required to study a particular language at school, college or university.

Getting in touch with your own roots

If your own family spoke a particular language in the past then you might want to learn it and maybe possibly teach it to your kids. It could also be useful if you are trying to research your family tree and some of the documents you may find are written in a foreign language.

Religion

Missionaries and other religions learn languages in order to help spread their message. In fact, missionaries have played a major role in documenting languages and coming up with writing systems for many of them. For example, Christians might have to learn Hebrew, Aramaic and Biblical Greek; Muslims might learn Arabic, and even Buddhists might learn Sanskrit.

Food

Perhaps you enjoy the food and/or drink of a particular country or region and make regular trips there, or the recipe books you want to use are only available in a foreign language

Challenging yourself to learn one

Maybe you would enjoy the challenge of trying to learn foreign languages or of learning a particularly difficult language.

Sounds good to you

Perhaps you just like the sound of a particular language when it’s spoken. Or you maybe find the written form of a language attractive. If you do like singing, then learning songs in other languages can be interesting and challenging.

One language is never enough

If like me you’re a bit of a linguaphile / linguaholic or whatever you call someone who is fascinated by languages and who enjoys learning them, then one language is never going to be enough.