Learning Foreign Languages
Learning a foreign language can be exciting and challenging. Although studies have shown that young children pick up on second languages much quicker than adults, anyone can learn a second language. Younger children may develop second language skills easier than others, however, they will not understand the fundamentals of the language until they are older. There is much more to learn from a foreign language besides just learning new words.
From verb conjugation to vocabulary, learning a foreign language focuses on many aspects of grammar and basic language skills. one important aspect that goes along with learning a foreign language is learning about a new culture. Being able to speak another language can be an asset for anyone, but understanding another culture and the context of a new language can be even more beneficial. Learning about foods, holidays, customs, sports, and traditions of a new area will make learning a new language even more exciting.
For instance, students taking Spanish classes at a school should expect to not only learn basic vocabulary terms, like greetings and telling time, but they may also get to learn about Dia de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo, for example. Having the opportunity to taste authentic food items or play sports native to the Spanish-speaking culture would also be a great way for them to understand more about the culture.
In addition, there are certain aspects of different cultures that are imperative for one to know and understand if they are hoping to learn a new language. By having a basic knowledge of the culture, potentially embarrassing situations may be prevented. Through understanding the culture and in learning the language, a person will be able to feel comfortable having conversations with a native speaker, or visiting a country where the language is spoken.