So am I. But I'm glad that this discussion has expanded on learning foreign languages as such. Talking abaout websites, I recommend memrise. It is a website, but there are parallel applications for android and iphone. It uses 'spaced repetition' algorythm to reduce the phenomenon known as 'forgettin curve'. It's basically for memorising vocabulary. I find it very useful, and yet another example is that you can apply 1 or 2 short sessions a day ( which takes about 15 minuntes) even if you are exhausted. Of course, then your work is somewhat 'automatic', but I'm sure it works even then. It gives you systematicality and keeps up motivation. Lack of motivation and getting discouraged is the biggest enemy of a foreign language learner. I also want to mention the phenomenon which has arisen with the development of technology. It's community tutoring. Means that people who speak your 'target language' get online and help you speak their language. It's either 'for nothing', or , more often, as exchange of languages. If you are interested, go to 'Speaky" (which is mostly about finding a community tutor) or Italki. The latter is more about finding a professional teacher (paid) but if you go to the tab 'community' it is also perfectly possible to find a community tutor. Practicing with a community tutor is not easy for many reasons ( for example difference in time zones, difficulty to correlate online meetings etc. ) but it's really great ! I'm teaching and learning this way a few times a week.
Agreed. I may have mentioned a couple we used to hang out with back in one of my previous existences. Austrian/Chilean within a group where the adults spoken English/Spanish/German as first language but the kids were going to a kindergarten/junior school where the other kids spoke Gallego and that is what the kids spoke with each other. So 4 languages active at the same time time. English would have been their weakest at the time. As adults the kids completely forgot Gallego but remain try-lingual in Spanish/Germany/English. No doubt they also "learned" some other language in school later on.
I would say it can be an asset in a world in the early stages of globalisation.
That will be a very sad world.
Well, Welsh is an extreme example as it is a minority language. In general your prediction might not be far off reality. In Brussels people firecely discuss the pros and cons of a more simple EU language regime. Reducing communication within the EU institutions to one language, English of course, would end a huge amount of problems stemming from the fact that the EU has three working languages (English, French and German) and 24 official languages. But as you said: Languages are a most important part of the identity and culture of a nation, abandoning the EU language regime would have a very negative impact as well. The UK will leave the EU but we all switch to English? Hmmmm. Anyway the French speaking community would never ever allow an official takeover of English as the only working language of the EU. Although in reality English has long been the pre-dominant language. At least since the big bang enlargement in 2004 French has lost its importance.Rasputin wrote: ↑Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:25 pmI would say it can be an asset in a world in the early stages of globalisation.
I know people who are Welsh/English bilingual. Speaking Welsh may be important to their sense of identity, but it has no real impact on their life chances.
In the later stages of globalisation, I don't see there being more than one language.