Why study languages?
As we approach GCSE options time, MFL teacher and GCSEPod Spanish editor Hazel Chee highlights why studying languages is so important. Not only that, but it can be fun and practical as well…
Have you ever encountered a situation where you wanted to get your point across but didn’t because you weren’t sure what was said and you were afraid of making a fool of yourself? So you just nodded, smiled and walked away.
There are approximately three or four thousand languages spoken in the world today. If we all had one universal language we’d be pretty boring. Language diversity is key to us expanding our horizons and opening our cultural eyes.
Learning another language is practical – strangers can become friends, work opportunities are infinite and your cultural knowledge will know no end.
Did you know…
- David Beckham learnt Spanish so he could communicate with his colleagues when he was with Real Madrid.
- Gwyneth Paltrow learnt Spanish in school and more recently went on to film a cooking programme Spain… On the Road Again.
- Cesc Fàbregas can speak English, Spanish, Catalan and French.
- Sandra Bullock is fluent in German, as is Liverpool-born Kim Cattrall.
- Audrey Hepburn spoke Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and English.
How amazing is that? Check out the following mind-blowing BBC article on people who speak many languages: The Cult of the Hyperpolyglot. A few words in another language can also make the world of difference to your holiday experience. It’s the polite thing to do (or at least to try) and you can have so much more fun. Learning a language can be a challenge, yet entertaining. What you do with that knowledge is up to you.
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