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2nd Language?

How does learning a second language (the first being your native one) help you in life? Does it give you more skills?

July 28, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stan7173

well it's always nice to have a wide vocabulary, and it gives you something to learn and one tip never stop learning even if you are 80 years old

July 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliemin888

It challenges your mind, pushes your comfort zone! You learn to think with a new format form one that you are very used to, and languages like Chinese or Japanese have writing very different from English, which is challenging and makes you think. Languages like French or Spanish are related to English, so it can build your understanding of English Words and Stems, which builds your vocabulary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeridaPeters

You can communicate with people who don't speak your language. My partner cannot speak English. If I hadn't been able to speak another language, I would never have been able to get to know him. You never know when knowing another language will lead to an amazing opportunity.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColePapa

Does it strengthen your life skills in any way?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

I would say yes. It gives you insight and understanding into how other people view the world around them, which makes you more flexible and perhaps less judgmental.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/belstar128

Learning english helped me a lot obviously and now that im working on my goal to become a hyper polyglot i just really like to read things that i could not understand in the past sometimes i just run into a youtube video or website that is not in english so it makes me really happy if i can understand it there is still some important and interesting knowledge that is not available in english.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Yes, without the second language I wouldn't be able to communicate here, since English is my second language. Now I can communicate with people around the world. Spanish is my third language so I can communicate with Spanish speakers who don't know English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColePapa

But it does not help?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danarst

It's like exercise for your brain. Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs exercise, too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BonBonChat

It really opens your mind and gives you a new outlook on life.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

it's nice having a second or third language, but i don't like having five or more- you have to learn so much to speak a new language!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BB2004Violet

Learning a second language really opens your mind to new ways and ideas and it is also a great way to exercise your brain.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oritteropo1

It can certainly teach humility. Especially when you realise that the tiny child who wasn't even born when you started studying the language already speaks it much better than you do.

Or perhaps that's just me.

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