languages December 18, 2007Posted by AP in arts/culture, international.
Tags: culture, language, marginal revolution, society
here’s something that has been on my mind for a while. this is partially in response to a recent article and its comments at marginal revolution.
learning another language has two benefits:
1. it allows one to communicate with people who speak that language but not one’s own, and
2. although i lack technical knowledge on the subject, i assume that it has some neurological benefit (as an analogy, listening to classical music or solving a crossword puzzle are supposed to have a similar effect).
learning another language does NOT:
3. instantly grant one profound cultural appreciation,
4. make one superior in any way to people who do not speak multiple languages,
5. allow one to pass judgment on those who do not speak this or any other language, or
6. make one any more or less culpable to societal problems.
i welcome all thoughts.