The Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

The Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

Being born into a bilingual family, I have never thought about how beneficial it could be to speak another language. My parents did a great job creating an environment that helped me learn two languages easily. At the age of five I started learning my third language, and by the age of eight I could read, write, and speak in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English. During my university years I started learning two more foreign languages (French and German), and I faced the reality that learning complex languages can be very challenging. It can be difficult to comprehend varying verb conjugation, genders, and bizarre numeric systems. I’m still trying to understand why seventy-five is pronounced as “sixty and fifteen” in French.

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