The Future: A Must for Our World Community
The Future: A Must
for Our World Community
Learning someone else's language is
nо longer some personal
cultural adornment, but rather а signal of membership in and stewardship of the world community. The
ground is shifting under our feet, and we will continue tо see dramatic changes in the numbers
of people learning foreign languages, in the use of and exposure to foreign
Ultimately, we need tо make the individual connections,
whether it is two powerful leaders adjourning for some private conversation or а tourist and native sharing а cup of tea together. Each will find
differences really not so vast as we once supposed when communication was
obscured by the veil of а
language we did not understand. The arenas may change; they may be political,
social, economic, military, artistic, educational, or recreational, but the
underlying need for individuals tо understand each other does not change. Nothing can make those
connections faster or more human than sharing а common language.
It is necessary to learn foreign
languages. That's why pupils have got such subject as a foreign language at
school. Everybody knows his own language, but it is useful to know foreign
I learn English, because I
understand that I can use it. For example, if I go to England I'll be able to
speak English there. If I go to the USA, I'll speak English too. English is
used not only in England, but also in other parts of the world.
I learn English because I want to
read foreign literature in the original. I know and like such English and
American writers as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll and others. I
understand that I must learn English. If I know English well, I'll be able to
go to the library and take books by English and American writers in the
I like to travel. But it is
difficult to visit countries, when you don't know the language of these
countries. If I know the language of the country, where I am going to, it will
be easy to travel there. If I want to ask something, I can do it in English.
I like to read books. And I like to
read newspapers, too. If I know, for example, English I'll be able to read
English newspapers and magazines. Knowledge of foreign languages helps young
people of different countries to understand each other, to develop friendship
among them. For example, we have a foreign exhibition in Moscow. If I know a
foreign language, it is easy for me to visit this exhibition.
You can see a lot of advertisements,
signboards, names in the streets. They are in foreign languages. Very often
they are in English. If you know English, you can read and understand them.
Now we buy many clothes from other
countries. If you know English well, you can read something about the size of
this or that thing. It is clear for you what it is made of.
There are a lot of films in foreign
languages. If you know foreign languages, you can understand films without any
help. There are international friendship camps in the world. If you can speak
foreign languages, it will be easy for you to visit such camps and speak with
the boys, girls, men even they don't know Russian.
In short, I understand that I have
to learn English in a proper way and I try to do it.
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