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What's a good reason to learn a foreign language?

Asked by 12Oaks (4051points) February 14th, 2011

I taught myself a second language, one that many around me speak. I never let on I understand since I have become more fluent in the language. It is AMAZING what people say when they think you can’t understand. Oh, if you try this, you also have to work on you poker face or you’re likely to be outed.

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Ladymia69's avatar

It is fantastic exercise and stimulation for the brain. That’s my number one reason.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

It can be useful when you’re traveling.

LuckyGuy's avatar

It give you a serious advantage when trying to pick up a member of the opposite sex.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

For work, just for the fun of it, to leanr about another culture. It’s really awesome when you start to see how different languages come together. Word origins and the like.

muppetish's avatar

To read literature in the language it was originally written in. I can read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Charles Baudelaire. My goal is to make it through Proust one day. It’s a completely different reading experience than translations.

12Oaks's avatar

@muppetish To be fair, or honest or whatever, I just learned how to talk it and understand it when being talked, not spell it. But the best of luck in reading Proust.

Soubresaut's avatar

For a different way to express your thoughts through writing/speaking. It’s not just replacement words but different words altogether, different grammar, different connotation.

bob_'s avatar

Chicks dig it.

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

It makes you smarter….....or it makes it seem like it does.

ucme's avatar

Achtung… ;¬}

Blackberry's avatar

To simply exercise your brain and have the ability to communicate with more people. Who wouldn’t want that? Even if you don’t travel, you can still be that person that helps a tourist, or you could use it for experience in a cool job like translating.

mattbrowne's avatar

You will see the world with different eyes. You will also become more aware of cultural differences.

sugabelly's avatar

To gossip about other people without them knowing.

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