I’m Carole and I was born in Paris . My mother tongue is French and I speak French at home even though I live in Sao Paulo , Brazil, where Portuguese is the official language. I can speak Spanish and Portuguese, but I’m very bad at English. My mother is Spanish. She immigrated to France at the age of 5 My father is French. They met by chanceon a bus! And now they are in love and I am here, speaking French and Spanish! =)
I have always lived with a mother who is catholic and a father who is an atheist. So I make a mix and I have my own religion, my own god, somebody I imagine in my mind and somebody with whom I speak, but somebody I know doesn’t exist.
I can say I’m lucky because I have an economic status which is normal for Europe, but here, in Brazil, I am at an advantage if compared with the poverty that we can see here.
The culture that best represents me is French, of course, because I have always lived in France and I was educated in French by French parents.. My habits are French. For example, we have diner at the same time-slot as in France - we haven’t changed that! But when you come to live in a foreign country, you have to integrate. I mean you have to do your best to be like the others. If you are in a country where alcohol is forbidden you don’t drink alcohol. You should follow what the law of the country asks you to do.
With globalization, people travel a lot. For example in my community, many students are multilingual, they have theirmother tongue and they have the other languages from the different countries where they lived. If I pick a friend of mine as an example, her mother tongue is English, but she speak French with us, and she can speak Portuguese too because she lived in Brazil.
Learning foreign language should be fostered because the language of a country allows to and people´s roots, Wwhen you learn a new language, you enquire about the country, the religion, the customs….
It is certain that foreign languages give you a better status! Now to have a good job you have to speak many languages. Why? Because now, the world operates with globalization, and the principle of globalization is to export towards all the world. So if you want to earn your living, be a member of this society, or travel, you are at an advantage if you speak other languages.
Some languages are privileged in the world, and others are looked down upon. The first language spoken in the world is English. Everybody wants to know English. Then you have Spanish, or French. But some languages like Czech or Italian are less recognized.
The difficulties when you are trying to learn a new language is without any doubt the accent and the conjugation! And next mistranslation (faux amis). And when you have to speak another language, the main challenge is to think only in this language, I mean, you have to forget your language for an instant and be focused on the other. And next you can begin to speak. But it’s very hard.
Well I think the better thing to can learn a new language is to go on the country and learn with the inhabitants. And next the studies help you to learn the conjugation, the root. But is not possible for everyone to travel and can learn in foreign country. So, of courses studies ensures to learn languages, but it’s more difficult because you have to learn so much! And this can discourage a few.
Today, English is already the dominant language of global communication. For my country, France, this means that most part of population have to learn English.
English is ideal for business but in comparison with the wealth of vocabulary in French , the English language can’t express the French feelings. Because I think French is a richer language and carries more feelings.
Now, one question we can ask ourselves is that today the dominant language is English but what about tomorrow? Because we can see the rise of Chinese And if tomorrow the dominant language is Mandarin, will we learn it at school? Think about it!