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Why Learn A Foreign Language As An Adult?

Written by Patritsia Andrioti on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in in English

Learning is a continuous process. No one will be able to comment that they have knowledge about everything. You might be a scholar in your own field, but if you are asked a question about an entirely different subject, will you be able to answer it without any mistakes? Perhaps not! Another example is learning a language that is far different from your mother tongue. Learning a foreign language is not only fun, but it is also informative and knowledge-enhancing. Some of the languages can be picked up easily. Others are tougher and need a lot of practice.

Learning any foreign language is beneficial for adults. If you have doubts about this, then the following points will enlighten you about the matter:

1. Not all the books which have been written in foreign language are available in a translated form. If you know the language, then you will not have to wait for the translated version to be published.

2. Knowing a foreign language will assist you in discovering the unknown facts about a whole new culture. To understand foreign traditions, one needs to know the language, too.

3. Interacting with the people of that particular country becomes easy when you know their mother tongue. They will not have any problem in understanding you, and you will also be able to process their opinions without consulting your language book or phrase-book all the time.

4. If you are aware of a new language, then you will be able to establish a deeper bond with the people of that country. When they see that you are aware of their mother tongue, the exchange of ideas will be easy. It will aid the deepening of the inter-cultural bonds.

5. Last but not the least; knowing a foreign language will enhance your chances of bagging a job in another country. There is a high demand for polyglots, especially those that speak a less known language, like Greek.

About the Author

Patritsia Andrioti

Patritsia Andrioti

M.Ed in TEFL from the University of Bristol, BA in Classical Studies from the University of London, Cambridge RSA/CELTA (International House, London)

Patritsia has 14 years of professional experience in education and has been a teacher, teacher trainer, and editor of EFL material in the UK and Greece. Patritsia started teaching in 1996, and also enjoyed a successful career as a teacher trainer, syllabus designer and materials’ editor for international publishing houses such as Macmillan ELT and Pearson.

She has a strong interest in technology use in the EFL context while her M.Ed research was on the use of Drama in the language classroom.

She speaks Greek and English and has a working knowledge of Italian. She’s a mother of two.

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