Question: “Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause
serious social problems, as well as practical problems.”
By Cambridge 13, IELTS Test 1 & Writing Task 2 (Sample) Answer
Residing in a foreign country where a person has to speak the country’s local language which is not his / her mother tongue can lead to both social and practical difficulties.
In my opinion, the statement is very true. Language is not just a spoken expression of people. It also contains culture, history and so on. Learning a second and/ or third language requires extra time and dedication and people cannot always grasp the inner meaning of some words of a foreign language. Generally, people don’t have enough time and resources to learn a language. If they find the way, they may not have the capacity to process what they have learned. Mass people have limitation and they are not supermen. After gaining knowledge of a foreign language, he/ she cannot fully apply in practice. If a person makes a one pronunciation mistake or grammatical error it may change the whole meaning and it will embarrass him/ her. In some cases, they may be bullied for their alien accent.
However, if we look in a positive aspect, it can expand our friendships. Some foreigners living in the area understand the situation and they may help you with their language and it enriches your language learning skills. Some research finds that learning more languages helps our brainpower.
For several reasons, people abide in a foreign country. However, it can be an opportunity or an awkward situation for the person who lives abroad. To avoid the day to day problems, the person must learn how to use the local language and it will help in many ways.
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