Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language
- Where were you?
- Who were you with?
- What did you talk about?
- And explain how you felt about it?
Sample Answer of Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language
As it is a well-known fact that it is never too late to learn any new thing. This is why I love challenging myself in learning new skills or languages. According to my perspective, in today’s competitive world one should have at least a good hold on two dialects.
As my memory serves me well, I vividly remember a time when I got the opportunity to learn a new language in my school other than my native languages which are Hindi and Punjabi. As English has taken the place of an official language in our country, it has also become an essential subject to learn in our school curriculum. Besides learning basics, such as phonetics in my elementary classes, now our Principal has instructed strictly to speak in English to enhance the linguistic abilities of the students.
Earlier I thought it’d be as easy as pie, just like my mother tongue to speak a different language, but in actual it was a tough nut to crack as I was not having a good command of the knowledge of the new words, their meaning and pronunciations. However, when the teacher asked me to introduce myself in English, I got a bit perplexed and started a bit stammering while speaking and I kept mum for a minute. Somehow with the support of my teacher and her encouraging words, I break the ice and started speaking again confidently. Although there were some mistakes, I was feeling in seventh heaven when I heard a huge applaud from my other classmates. Indeed, it was a proud moment for me and I keep up the pace of practising daily and also. I expressed my gratitude with a bouquet to my teacher that if she didn’t back me up at the right time, I wouldn’t be able to become an expert English speaker.
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Follow-Ups Talk about a Time when You Had to Learn a New Language
Question 1. At what age should children start learning a foreign language?
Answer:-To my knowledge, and also proven by several studies that young kids develop their verbal skills from a very tender age. If at that time they are guided properly, they can develop good bilingual skills.
Question 2. Which skill is more important speaking or writing?
Answer:- According to my perspective, both skills play an indispensable role in a human’s life. Speaking not only helps in socialising in our personal and professional spheres but also with the vocal emphasis using our body language, one can express his or her views more effectively. Besides, it is also true that writing provides the freedom to express our ideas without any distraction and with our intellectual level, one can also enhance the real knowledge in front of the world.
Question 3. Does a person still need to learn another language if he is good at English?
Answer:- In today’s competitive world, having knowledge of the English language is not enough. Even though English is accepted worldwide, the knowledge of languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and above all French broadens the horizons towards lucrative business prospects.
Question 4. Do you think minority languages will disappear?
Answer:- As according to the recent survey the majority of Chinese, English, French and Hindi speakers are increasing dramatically, this has also augmented the threat towards the disappearance of the minority language. For instance, the Welsh language in Britain is already on the verge of extinction.
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