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Languages: should learn or not?

Learning languages means also to have a close relationship with translation, as it helps connecting different cultures. The importance of languages is becoming more and more outstanding due to the opening of doors that it supposes to get to know an unknown cultural and linguistic environment (Anna Bernacka, 2012). As Bernacka says translation is a way of communication between different cultures, and this leads to a better understanding of social issues and also different cultural ideas. This is why it is very important to get a well use of languages, because they are the key element for the connection between cultures.

Multilingualism provides a better and more profound communication with people all over the world. This benefits the chances of finding a job, and in the case of already having one, leads to a better recognition and appearance, and the increase of the earnings in your company. In businesses, it is important for the clientele that they feel that you want to understand and know their culture and desires, not only learning their language; this is a way of causing a good impression and showing interest on them. Learning a different language that it’s not your native language is, undoubtedly, very advantageous, both in terms of social and financial aspects. The reasons for learning a new language are many, but learning a different language is universal, as it always has benefits in one way or in another.

English is said to be becoming more and more international, especially in the areas of business and society. However, German, Japanese and French are not lagged behind, and it is considered a good time to start learning these languages, as sometimes English cannot offer the great variety of terms that they do.

There are many ways of Learning a Language, and many ways to mold it. For example, although the main common way of understanding a language is the written one, some disabled need to communicate by sign language. This uncommon way of learning a different type of language is very difficult to get used to it, because, in fact, it takes many years to be fluent at it.

No matter what reasons you have to learn a language, but it would be useful for everyone to open their minds and try to get to know different linguistic areas, because this improves your quality of life. Learning positive things will always have positive results.

A very close relationship with learning a language has the area of translation, as it could be considered as the way of mediating with other cultures and people, not just changing one word to another. Moreover, the job of translator is not merely being a bilingual person, but also a bicultural one, because they need to be intercultural mediators, and they are not a product of the cultural emptiness. Because of the importance it has gained, it will suffer many changes now. Translation and interpretation will suffer an employment growth in the next decades, and this is due to the globalization. The most important languages will be the Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian. Learning these languages can open new roads to your life.

Nowadays it is important to get a direct contact with other countries, as it will always benefit us in many terms. For instance, when trying to find a job being able to communicate in the language asked will be essential, and not only that: if you travel abroad, there will be situations in which you won’t be able to understand anything nor to maintain contact with anybody there, and you would feel excluded of that culture. To avoid this circumstance, it is now very demanded to learn foreign languages, because they will facilitate you the stay in a not domestic place.

In conclusion, translation can have different functions, as for example, joining and creating new words and also as a way of getting to know the not very much common foreign cultures. We have also seen that both the learning of languages and translation are practically united, because both demand to give the importance that languages deserve to have a wider vision of life and to communicate and be in touch with cultures and ideas that are not in our minds.

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