Why Learn Languages? | Diana Senechal

When people ask me how many languages I speak, I get embarrassed, not because I’m bashful about it, but because I take the question seriously. What does it mean to speak a language? It’s a lot more than being able to utter a few phrases (or even to get by haltingly). Yet why should the speaking of languages be such an oddity, anyway? It’s important, enlightening, challenging, and fun. You get to read literature that would otherwise have been out of reach (except through translation). You gain perspective on English (or your native language, whatever that might be). You learn words and…

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