Why do we study foreign languages?
1) Why is it important to study foreign languages?

2) When did you start to study English, other languages?

3) What was your first word or sentence in English, other languages?

4) What is your motivation to study a foreign language?

5) Please describe any story BEFORE and AFTER acquiring some language skills.

6) How did language change your life?

7) Do you agree with the statement that English is already a social demand, and indispensable part of any career path?

8) Do you have any example how knowledge of foreign language helps to earn more money? To increase a personal welfare?

9) Is it crucial to know foreign language in terms of personal security? Can you please describe any situation from your life or your acquaintances when knowledge of foreign language saved the live?

10) I know such stories, when grown-ups in elderly age learn foreign languages in order to support their brain activity, train their memory. What is your opinion about this? Do you know any examples of such people? How do you evaluate their method? Is it productive, isn`t it?

11) Another reason could be the communication within a family, when its members have different mother tongues, and want to understand each other better. Is it a good motivation to study foreign language?

12) Are you patient enough to pursue your goals in studying foreign languages?

13) How much time, efforts are you ready to spend in order to achieve your personal goals in studying foreign languages?

14) What are your methods to improve your language skills?


List of useful words:

variety of - разнообразие;

an official language - официальный язык;
to contribute to... - вносить вклад в...;
to read books in the original - читать книги в оригинале;
abroad - заграница;
a mother tongue - родной язык;
To prepare for lessons - готовиться к урокам

to have a good command of a language - хорошо владеть иностранным языком;
to speak fluently - говорить бегло;
patience - терпение;
widespread - (широко) распространённый

a native speaker - носитель языка;
relations between - взаимоотношения между;
international communication - международное общение.



Synonyms for "important" (from Merriam-Webster)

Vital – (a ) of the utmost importance a vital clue vital resources (b) : fundamentally concerned with or affecting life or living beings: such as (1) : tending to renew or refresh the living : invigorating (2) : destructive to life : mortal

Indispensable- (1): not subject to being set aside or neglected an indispensable obligation (2): absolutely necessary/essential an indispensable member of the staff



Crucial – (a) : important or essential as resolving a crisis : decisive She played a crucial role in the negotiations.(b) : marked by final determination of a doubtful issue the crucial game of a series(c): important, significant

Essential – (a): of the utmost importance: basic, indispensable, necessary an essential requirement for admission to college.

Significant – (1): having meaning; especially : suggestive a significant glance (2a ): having or likely to have influence or effect : important a significant piece of legislation; (2b) : probably caused by something other than mere chance statistically significant correlation between vitamin deficiency and disease.



Decisive – having the power or quality of deciding. The council president cast the decisive vote, a decisive battle.

Influential – exerting or possessing influence.

Meaningful – (a) having a meaning or purpose. The tests did not produce any meaningful results. (b): full of meaning, significant. A meaningful life a meaningful relationship

Necessary - absolutely needed, required. Food is necessary for life.

Find the difference (from Merriam-Webster):

Role - : a function or part performed especially in a particular operation or process played a major role in the negotiations

Impact - a powerful or major influence or effect. The book had a huge impact when it first came out

Effect - a change that results when something is done or happens: an event, condition, or state of affairs that is produced by a cause. The experience has had a bad/adverse/negative effect on him.
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