Have any of you thought what the world would be like if everyone learnt 3 languages: spanish,german and french. What do you think it'd be like? Write what you think!!!!!!!
Ah, I've got it. An Englishman, a Frenchman, and a German are visiting their Spanish host in Barcelona, when they see a street performer in La Rambela demonstrating his skills with a football. A big crowd has already gathered, so the Spaniard asks the footballer to move closer to where his friends are standing. "Can you see me now?", he shouts. The reply comes back: "Yes ... oui ... si ... ja."
My mother tongue is German and I'm studying English for 8 years and I'm here to learn French. I've talked to some people who told me: "I'm learning a new language and after finishing learning it, I start to learn another language" I think it is nearly impossible to learn all about one language, I even do mistakes in German. It would be great if everyone would learn many languages, because I think that a language is also a key to the culture of a country. I think I have to keep studying English my whole life to get nearly as fluent as a native speaker. If I could chose 3 languages which I'm fluent in I would chose English, Chinese and Spanish. German is a nice language, but if you don't want to live in a German speaking country I think it is useless to learn this language, unless you are very interest in German culture.
We'd all be confused??? If everyone spoke Spanish, German and French (and presumably English), we wouldn't need Spanish and German and French (and English) to communicate. Therefore, which language(s) would you use and why would you switch from one to another, if everyone was equally fluent in all? There's perhaps a joke developing here, along the lines of - "Heaven: where the police are British, the cooks French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian, and it is all organized and run by the Swiss." I leave you to work out your own versions of Hell.
In the past, I worked in advertising and had an assignment from an American company to supervise the production of a series of TV ads throughout Europe. Then, my territory covered 22 markets in Europe and... 33 languages. The only way I had found to kind of keep control was to ask each of my agencies in these 22 countries to translate the English original version into their own language, then to back translate, word for word, their local version into English again. You can't imagine how many differences there were comparing all back translations with the original copy ! I can tell you I learnt a lot about local cultural aspects and pretty little on languages, because in no way could I digest them all. That little story to illustrate my deep belief : master your own language, manage to learn English properly, then you can do everything !
Well, um, that leaves out a lot of the world: Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, all of Asia and most of Africa. I think there are still something like 6000 different languages in the world, and most of us feel rather proprietary about our native language.
And I think I am correct in saying that more people speak Portuguese than German or French.
I do wish that Americans would become, as a rule, at least bi-lingual. I am pleased that I have been able to learn enough Spanish to understand Spanish-language TV comfortably - but I can neither speak nor write it and suspect I'm far too old to make anything more than modest progress.
I have always wanted to be multi-lingual and envy beyond words the people I've met who are fluent in 3, 4 or even 5 languages. Being able to watch TV or movies in a foreign language, to read literature in the original, to travel in a foreign country and speak the language adds a dimension to one's life.