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Surval inspired me to continue my language learning

Posted on: 6th March 2014 | Category: Languages

My reason for choosing to study foreign languages is that I love it. There are all these different ways people express themselves, different in every language and culture. It is a way in which you can learn how people from different backgrounds interact and socialize with each other, and how these foreign societies work. Language influences culture. Learning foreign language helps you to understand people from a different culture’s thought processes, and helps one achieve a greater general understanding of our world and the people and cultures inhabiting it.

Another important reason I have for choosing to study foreign languages is my professional career. As I do not yet know what I am going to study after this degree, or where I might go next, knowing how to speak some foreign languages is a useful tool.

Knowledge of foreign languages can also, in some cases, increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a promotion, getting a transfer overseas, or of going on foreign business trips. It can also provide job security. If you are the only one in the company who can speak a language in which many of the important business deals/negotiations are done, you are invaluable and less likely to lose your job.

I also love travelling, especially in Europe, and knowing how to speak a few European languages can be very useful and definitely increase your enjoyment of the trip.

I like many different languages. Afrikaans because it is my mother tongue and I have a deep love for it and am fiercely protective of it. English because it can be extremely beautiful and descriptive and sadly, many people who learn it as a foreign language do not get to know this side of the language. French because it is beautiful, elegant and a bit more challenging. German is another one of my favourites due to its similarities to Afrikaans and because, although it sounds like quite a harsh language to foreigners, once you understand it you begin to hear its unique beauty.

Before I came to Surval, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was considering studying law merely because I found it interesting and I knew that would be a safe choice. After three months, I knew what I wanted to start off studying. I was inspired by Ms. Spigarelli who is not only proficient in many languages, but also as a language teacher.

I am excited to start this journey and cannot wait to begin my studies in 2015. 

Liberal Arts student (South Africa)

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