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Excellent

Makes great literature accessible, logical phonolo...

Hard language to learn, limited usefulness as ever...

When was the last time you described something as "smashing?" or took a slug from a bottle of drink, or bought a pair of brogues, or twigged to the meaning of something new? Well without realising it, you've been using words from the Scot's Gaelic (Gàidhlig) language which have been incorporated...

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Excellent

Read on my friend!

There aren't any!!

You can't deny the importance of languages - they impact our lives on a daily basis. And despite many preconceptions they're an incredibly useful and worthwhile thing to learn. So how does one best go about learning a language? Well as somewhat of a language enthusiast I hope to be able to help...

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Excellent

“Learn a silent language”

published 01/07/2001

The sense of achievement and the chance to help pe...

It's hard work

I was never much good at languages at school. I got my French ‘O’ Level but failed German and gave up Latin after one year! I was always more interested in the sciences particularly maths. I could probably just about ‘get by’ in French if I had to and, if I went to France...

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Excellent

“Learn another Language.”

published 29/06/2001

Widen your view on life, live with and understand ...

None that I can think of.

Language is everything - by this I mean that you are nowhere at all without it. If you want to be understood in your own country and even in your own area of that country then you must understand the language, the dialect, the local idiom. In English Schools we do not start learning another...

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Excellent

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We all know how important languages are becoming now within Europe and elsewhere. Europe is mentioned everyday in our newspapers and on television, but how well is the country actually adapting to the changes that our presence in Europe brings? Language learning often just starts at the age of 11...

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Excellent

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* Initial Note* I have been in the United Arab Emirates for a while now, well 5 years, and have picked up a little bit of arabic on the way.. I will start with a little bit of an introduction, in to what formed the arabic language in the United Arab Emirates (-the country that Dubai is in) The...

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Excellent

Good for the soul, community, CV etc. etc. etc.

Can be difficult (just like anything can)

Sorry folks but I’m going to do my standard ‘language teacher op’ thing here within this article (as per!) and try to implicitly convince you/encourage you to learn a language! You have been warned (ok?) but it’s a tough job and somebody’s gotta do it and I suppose...

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Excellent

“Use them or Lose them”

published 14/08/2001

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the older you are, the harder it is

If you are like me and, well, never shut up, learning a foreign language (or 2 or 3) is the best thing you can do. Just think of all the new people in the world you'll be able to bore (sorry 'entertain') with your opinions! My first encounter with foreign languages was early on. My mother was a...

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Excellent

“To finn or not to finn”

published 14/08/2001

widen your knowledge

never a disadvantage to learning

Learning a foreign language as an adult, very hard, i think. After being forced to study 3 years of french at school, i can now only tell you that tere is a monkey in a tree or someone is in the garden. Not very good i say.... Now I have moved to finland and am trying despirately to get to grips...

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Excellent

“How to learn a language”

published 18/09/2002

Communication, Added enjoyment, A new skill

None.

Scorpio2 is quite right in all he says about learning another language. The problem is how best to go about it. My hobby is learning languages. I speak five with a good degree of fluency, and three more adequately. I have tried just about every system going. I have also taught French and Spanish...

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Excellent

“Cymru am byth”

published 06/08/2001

Welsh is enormous fun to learn...

...but some of the grammar is not at all nice

I'm absolutely surrounded by linguists in my family. My dad is a French teacher who also speaks Spanish, a little German and Italian and occasionally dabbles in Sanskrit (useful for philology - the study of language - as it's a very early Indo-European tongue). My mum has a degree in zoology, so...

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Excellent

Communication Skills, The more you do the easier i...

None

I have just been appointed as Head of the Modern languages Department at the school I have been teaching French, German and Spanish at for the past two years, and I have got to this position through hard work! I learnt French since Primary School and as I progressed through to the GCSE standard I...

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Excellent

“Broaden your horizon”

published 08/10/2006

You can communicate with many more people.

It often takes longer than you expect to reach flu...

English may be considered as the international language, but we travel abroad so frequently and so many Brits are moving to sunnier parts of Europe that language learning would seem to be increasingly important. It doesn't help that it is no longer compulsory for secondary school pupils to study...

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Excellent

“A Long Story”

published 07/10/2001

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The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by...

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Excellent

Impressive, stimulating, useful

Hard at times

In my opinion learning a language is one of the most entertaining and worthwhile things someone can do. Even if you think you're useless at learning, or even if you think you're great, I hope this guide will help you decide on a language and get you on a course to fluency. --WHY LEARN A LANGUAGE...

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