Janeel Abrahams
Should English natives learn foreign languages?

When asked why I'm learning another language(s), my initial response was because it seems like a cool or interesting thing to do, however during the process of learning another language I was better able to understand the importance of foreign languages. Many English natives don't see the importance of another language because they are under the impression that ohh English is a major language and should be spoken everywhere or English is the most important language. I don't think that they are able to appreciate the time and effort exhausted by non-native speakers to learn English. They won't understand the struggles they went through while studying or even the fear they feel when they should speak and because of this they can nonchalantly mock them as they try to speak. I sincerely think that persons with this mindset need to get over themselves.<o:p></o:p>

All languages are important. Communication, though not only possible through languages, is a big part of our everyday lives and I think mutual efforts should be made for us to communicate. Nowadays when asked why I'm learning foreign languages my response has evolved to "I don't think that if a person doesn't speak English I shouldn't be able to speak with them." Simply right? I'm not studying foreign languages to boast or brag. I'm genuinely want to be able to communicate with many persons and although a lot of persons speak English I'm intrigued by the possibilities of having "weird" conversation because of cultural differences. I'm seduced by the different mindset that each language provides for its natives as well as the arbitrary perspectives of these persons. What's your take on the situation?

May 30, 2018 4:00 PM
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Native English speakers are hesistent to learn foreign languages because of two things 1) they are lazy, and 2) they are arrogant and think everyone should speak their language everyone they venture,  Two VERY unappealing characteristics. That’s why I wish English were spoken less in the world were not the lingua Franca. 
May 30, 2018
Learning other languages has opened up so many great things to me that I would have never known about.  When I am able to hold a conversation in a foreign tongue it makes me feel alive! 
May 30, 2018
Of course. Learning a different language can open up a world of experiences not available to those who don't speak the language.
May 30, 2018
I started learning English in order to understand web pages and technical documentation. Years after, I was interested in understand movies and TV shows not dubbed,trying to appreciate better the work of actors and actress.

Then, I started to have exchanges with partners around the world. Until now, I had had long conversations with Indian, Chinese, Russian and American people that gave me a different view of their countries and cultures. That is the best part.
May 31, 2018
@SHL

That is very true. I saw several Chinese speakers with an English speaker were gathering to have a causal chat in a private party in Australia. Those Chinese speakers seemed to be reluctant to speak their native language but only to speak English with complacence. I do not think that English speaker was very mindful of learning Chinese from his partner, that is probably why sometimes Chinese were regarded as second-class citizen. Non English speakers are not very confident of their language in relation to their culture in a sense to reflect how they value their own property. 
May 30, 2018
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