It is necessary to learn foreign languages. That s why pupils have got such subject as a foreign language at school. Everybody knows his own language, but it is useful to know foreign languages. I learn English, because I understand that I can use it. For example, if I go to England I ll be able to speak English there. If I go to the USA, I ll speak English too. English is used not only in England, but also in other parts of the world. I learn English because I want to read foreign literature in the original. I know and like such English and American writers as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll and others. I understand that I must learn English. If I know English well, I ll be able to go to the library and take books by English and American writers in the original. I like to travel. But it is difficult to visit countries, when you don t know the language of these countries. If I know the language of the country, where I am going to, it will be easy to travel there. If I want to ask something, I can do it in English. I like to read books. And I like to read newspapers, too. If I know, for example, English I ll be able to read English newspapers and magazines. Knowledge of foreign languages helps young people of different countries to understand each other, to develop friendship among them.
For example, we have a foreign exhibition in Moscow. If I know a foreign language, it is easy for me to visit this exhibition. You can see a lot of advertisements, signboards, names in the streets. They are in foreign languages. Very often they are in English. If you know English, you can read and understand them. Now we buy many clothes from other countries If you know English well, you can read something about the size of this or that thing. It is clear for you what it is made of. There are a lot of films in foreign languages. If you know foreign languages, you can understand films without any help. There are international friendship camps in the world. If you can speak foreign languages, it will be easy for you to visit such camps and speak with the boys, girls, men even they don t know Russian. In short, I understand that I have to learn English in a proper way and I try to do it.
/ / / / Learning a foreign language Learning a foreign language isnt an easy thing. Nowadays its especially important to know foreign languages. Some people learn languages because they need them for their work, others travel abroad, for the third studying foreign languages is a hobby.
Everyone, who knows foreign languages can speak to people from other countries, read foreign authors in the original, which makes your outlook wider. I study English. Its a long and slow process that takes a lot of time and efforts. Over 300 million people speak it is a mother tongue. The native speakers of English live in Great Britain, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand. Do you speak English? with this phrase begins the conversation between two people, that speak different languages and want to find a common language. Its very good when you hear: Yes, I do, and start talking. People from different countries and nations have to get along well with the progress in the world trade and technology as well as with each other. So it is very useful to learn foreign languages. Knowledge of foreign languages helps us to develop friendship and understanding among people. English is very popular now. Its the language of computers, science, business, sport and politics. English language is a wonderful language. Its the language of the great literature. Its the language of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and others.
Half of the worlds scientific literature is in English. Its the language of computer technology. Nearly half of all business deals in Europe are conducted in English. It is the language of sports and glamour: the official language of the Olympics and the Miss Universe Competition. English is the official voice of the air and the sea, and Christianity: it is the ecumenical language of the World Council of Churches. The largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBS, ABC, BBC) transmit in English to audiences that regularly exceed one hundred million. The great German poet Goette once said, He, who knows no foreign language, doesnt know his own one. Thats why in order to understand oneself and environment one has to learn foreign languages. Speaking a foreign language you can read papers, magazines and original books by great writers, watch satellite TV programs. If you like traveling you can go anywhere without being afraid that other people will not understand you. I think that to know English today is absolutely necessary for every educated man, for every good specialist. So, English has no equals! Dispute it if you can!