The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

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Language as a subject is something we never give much thought to in our everyday lives, yet we use it every single day as a way of communicating with others. We use it consistently through out our day, such as when we gossip to a close friend or even when we gesture at one of the food menus when ordering in a fast food restaurant. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, language is the method of human communication, either spoken or written consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way. It also includes nonverbal methods of expression or communication, such as using facial expressions or sign language. Language involves the ability to comprehend spoken and written words to create something meaningful when we speak or write (Werker & Tees, 2002). We know now what language generally means, but is it really true that age matters in learning a foreign language? Does it matter in how you engage in learning the new language? In the next few paragraphs I will be talking about my own personal experiences in learning a foreign language.…show more content…
Ever since I was young, my parents would always remind me of how lucky I was to be able to learn English from childhood. They kept reminding me because they were only able to learn English in their college years and are still not able to achieve complete fluency. I never really questioned or understood why this was the case until I did some research on language learning in children. Children were created in such a way that they could absorb information rather quickly, and they are able to do this in an unconscious state of mind (Breon, 2014). They are learning something without even realizing that they are! A similar example to this would be when we listen to a song repeatedly, we can’t help but learn the rhythms and lyrics. This is much like how children learn when they are at a young

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