The Importance Of A Foreign Language

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It is also not uncommon when we go abroad to a country that speaks a language that is completely alien to us, we learn and use their language. We do not expect them to accommodate to us or to speak in a language that we would understand. When we travel, we will want to be immersed in their culture, feel the life they are living. For example, when one travels to Japan, he will try to pick up some conversational Japanese so it would be easier to communicate to the locals. It is no shock to us that the Japanese take pride in their language and English is just a foreign language to them. They belong to the Expanding Circle in Katchru’s Concentric Circle Model, which refers to the speakers who learns English to communicate with native speakers (Katchru & Nelson, 2006). A closer example would be when tourists visit Malaysia, be it for work or leisure purposes, they try to learn our language and even attempt in our variety of English which is better known as Manglish. They want to feel included in our society, to immerse in our diverse cultures and lifestyle, even if it is for a short period of time. The social gap can be close through language and speaking the native language or nativised variety of a language can help to build solidarity and blend in with the culture and locals.
After all, even if the world speaks the same language, it will not promise a safe, peaceful place. Many have argued that having one common language will create global understanding and there will be
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