Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language
- Where were you?
- Who were you with?
- What did you talk about?
- And explain how you felt about it?
Sample Answer of Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language
That would be when I was in secondary school. My country has several ethnic groups, and the major ones, Igbo, Yoruba and, Hausa are sometimes mandatory courses in school. I am Igbo, and I speak Igbo at home with my family. However, my school had Yoruba as a compulsory language of study. In fact, the school was against vernacular, with English as the only accepted form of communication. You’d think they would have preferred that we master our local languages. It was not easy for me because it was more theory than practice. Anyway, I was lucky to have close friends from different tribes, and we hung out a lot, and I was able to understand their languages a little. I would also like to learn Latin, Japanese and Spanish.
Follow ups of Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language
Question 1:- At what age should children start learning a foreign language?
Answer:- In my opinion, children should start learning a foreign language as soon as possible before they are a year old. The child is still very young and susceptible to acquire whatever comes their way with relative ease. As they learn to communicate in their own language, they can pick up foreign languages too if it is communicated to them regularly. This does not change the fact that there are advantages to learning a language as an adult, like grammar, sentence construction and the likes.
Question 2:- Which skill is more important, speaking or writing?
Answer:- I believe they are both important. Everybody should be able to read and write because it will help them improve their communication with other people regardless of their level of education.
Question 3:- Does a person still need to learn another language if he is good at English?
Answer:- Yes. English is very necessary because it is universally accepted; still, a person can learn as many languages as they desire. It not only helps them communicate with people outside of their society, but it also gives them a sense of belonging, especially if they find themselves in another country.
Question 4:- Do you think minority languages will disappear?
Answer:- I have not fully considered this, but I believe language will persevere if the people teach it to the next generation or even to another person, not from their place.
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