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About the introduction of "Seven Languages" - Reasons fpr learning a language

Hauke Ingmar Schmidt
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Hej,

reading the introduction ( http://media.pragprog.com/titles/btlang/introduction.pdf ) I have one small remark. You write: "If you learned a second language, the reasons could be very different. Sometimes, you might have to learn a second language to further your career or adapt to a changing environment. But sometimes you decide to conquer a new language not because you have to but because you want to learn. A second language can help you encounter new worlds. You may even seek enlightenment, knowing every new language can shape the way you think."

My guess for the number one reason why people learn a second language: English. Might be covered by "Further your career" in some cases. But typically you just don't have a chance to elude it. Be it song texts, undubbed movies in smaller countries, broken English in advertisements, textbooks... obviously needed if you want to work with IT.

Oh, and it is a mandatory second language in many countries. ;-)

Bye
Hauke Ingmar
(Next on list: Finnish)
Bruce Tate
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Hauke Ingmar Schmidt wrote:Hej,

reading the introduction ( http://media.pragprog.com/titles/btlang/introduction.pdf ) I have one small remark. You write: "If you learned a second language, the reasons could be very different. Sometimes, you might have to learn a second language to further your career or adapt to a changing environment. But sometimes you decide to conquer a new language not because you have to but because you want to learn. A second language can help you encounter new worlds. You may even seek enlightenment, knowing every new language can shape the way you think."

My guess for the number one reason why people learn a second language: English. Might be covered by "Further your career" in some cases. But typically you just don't have a chance to elude it. Be it song texts, undubbed movies in smaller countries, broken English in advertisements, textbooks... obviously needed if you want to work with IT.

Oh, and it is a mandatory second language in many countries. ;-)

Bye
Hauke Ingmar
(Next on list: Finnish)


Great point. Obviously, as a native English speaker, my perspective is a little different than a non-native English speaker. I wish I'd thought of that when I wrote that section. Thanks for the feedback.
 
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