the more languages you speak the more of a person you are

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Language is one of the most important things in the world. The ability to communicate in other languages is what sets us apart from the animal world. If we do not preserve the old languages and force the world to only speak one, we are forcing the world to lose its own identity and culture. Without language we couldn't read texts and stories from other countries, or even from further back in history. I love learning other languages and I love speaking them. To speak another person's language, to me, is like being about to connect and understand them better. It also helps me to enjoy their culture. How many times have you went into a city or a shopping mall and heard people speaking in their native tounges? Language is what makes the world …show more content…
(Dave Barry)
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.
Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.
The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Studying abroad
If you plan to study at a foreign university, college or school, you'll need a good knowledge of the local language, unless the course you want to study is taught through the medium of your L1. Your institution will probably provide preparatory courses to improve your language skills and continuing support throughout your main course.
Secret communication
If you and some of your relatives, friends or colleagues speak a language that few people understand, you can talk freely in public without fear of anyone eavesdropping, and/or you can keep any written material secret. Speakers of such Native American languages as Navajo, Choctaw and Cheyenne served as radio operators, know as Code Talkers, to keep communications secret during both World Wars. Welsh speakers played a similar role during the Bosnian War.
Required course
You may be required to study a particular language at school, college or
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