Why Should You Learn a Second Language?

According to Pachler, Barnes and Field (2009) ‘one important reason for the study of MFL is the recognition that it has an important role in terms of contributing to the personal, social, cultural and general linguistic development of pupils in preparation for their adult lives, both for work and leisure.’

Pachler, N., Barnes, A. and Field, K. (2009). Learning to Teach Modern Foreign Languages in the Secondary School. 3rd ed. Routledge, p.6.

“With languages you are at home anywhere.” –Edward de Waal

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” –Rita Mae Brown

“A different language is a different vision of life.”- Federico Fellini

“Learning another language is like becoming another person.”- Haruki Murakami

“I know lots of people speak English but being prepared to say something in someone else’s language is a way of showing them that you care, that you’re prepared to make the effort and you don’t just expect them to speak your language. That’s quite arrogant actually, isn’t it?” – Diane Modahl

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” –Flora Lewis

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