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Etymologically speaking, English is a hybrid language, taking its source from a variety of parent languages and dialects. English language pertains to the Anglo-Frisian group within the western branch of the Germanic languages, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages. It relates closely to the Frisian languages, to a lesser extent to Netherlandic (Dutch-Flemish) and the Low German (Plattdeutsch) dialects, and more distantly to Modern High German. English language thus shares a lot of common features . More
Acquiring the necessary skills to be proficient in any new language is an interesting challenge that adds as a definite asset to any individual’s academic qualifications. Mastering an additional foreign language not only contributes towards the achievement of career goals but also helps the learner enhance and expand his or her network of people that s/he aspires to socialize or settle for a new business with. The purpose of learning Spanish as a Foreign Language is no different. A widely spoken language, Spanish is not only the official language of one of the most influential European countries, Spain. More
In terms of phonology, speakers of German language should find learning French relatively easy. Indeed, the sound systems for French and German – which includes a lot of deep guttural sounds like ‘r’ and ‘gr’ – are quite similar. Yet in terms of lexicology, English speakers should not find the learning of French as a foreign language quite easy as well. Both English and French belong to the Anglo-Frisian group within the western branch of Germanic languages, which is a sub-family of the Indo-European languages. English relates closely to the Frisian languages, and to a lesser extent to Netherlandic (Flemish), both being parent languages of Modern French. More
German is the most commonly spoken language in the European Union. After English, it is the second scientific language. Out of every five books one is written in German. In fact, over 120 million people speak German all over the world. Undoubtedly, thousands of people across the world would wish to learn German as a foreign language; so much so that the language is even offered as an option within different systems of education and at all levels. In fact, German is known to be the third most taught language in the world. More
It is common knowledge that Russian is among the most widely-spoken and important languages of the world. Therefore, learning the language is sure to broaden your professional horizons, introduce new opportunities and increase earnings as well as make you feel at home in any Eastern European country. It could also be extremely interesting to discover fascinating Russian culture through its language. Whatever your motivations are for learning Russian, this endeavor will be challenging. However, you should not allow yourself to feel discouraged. Provided that you put your heart to it and use the right techniques, the experience of learning Russian will certainly be rewarding. More
Because China is supposed to be the future biggest economic superpower of the world, many people wonder nowadays whether they should start learning the language. It is commonly believed that Chinese is “hard to learn”, probably because the lettering looks like some sort of strange scribbles to those who are not proficient in the language. Its phonology is equally unusual. More
Japanese is often considered a unique language and a relatively difficult one to learn, especially by Western learners. It is true that the Japanese writing system is totally different from the Western alphabets. In fact, the Japanese writing system is quite similar to the Chinese system, whereby logograms – that is, characters representing particular morphemes rather phonemes – are used. However, once the lettering has been learnt, mastering other components of the language become relatively easy. In effect, Japanese grammar is much easier than many other languages. For instance, Japanese language does not really stress on plural forms of nouns. So where English has two options: “This cake” and “These cakes”, Japanese has all of one: “This (general and unspecified in number) cake”. The negotiation of meaning in Japanese truly depends not only on what is said but what surrounds the communicators. More