Imagine a world with no language. Nothing to speak. Nothing to write. Nothing to read. And a communication dependent on assumptions and mind reading (if you know how to do that).
Note – Hover over the words with the dotted lines to see the meaning of the words (this probably won’t work on mobile phones).
Language was invented millions of years ago, in different places, during different timelines. It is the major way we interact with others.
When communicating – our word choices, intonation, body language, grammar, intentions, emotions, behaviour – everything matters. A language brings all this together. It provides us with the sounds, words, and grammar rules to make use of. A language you choose decides what you speak and how. (Example)
English ranks 1st in all Second Languages learnt and used all around the planet. There are around 743.5 million people who are learning and using English as a second language. It is also a primary Auxiliary Language, that is, it is used to communicate between people with different mother tongues.
So, when you decide to learn English as a Second language, you prepare yourself to connect with the world.
And of course, just like any other language, English needs to be given the importance that you would give to your own language.
Imagine a man trying to speak to you in your mother tongue. But he mispronounces the words and skips some of them in the sentence. I’m sure you must have seen someone or the other doing this. Probably a new learner
How would you feel? What would you think?
There are chances of some people finding it funny, while some being confused. There is yet another chance of people getting offended.
The same goes for the other languages too.
I have seen people using English with confidence but saying it all wrong with no realisation. I have seen others reacting to such mistakes with total bafflement and even laughter (I have been guilty of this crime myself).
A half-cooked language is equal to no language at all. It can barely help you survive and leave you and the others in the middle of a confused discourse.
If you decide to learn any language, always know “why” and then start practising.
This means you need to take care of the following:
It is a building block of any language, except sign language. Letters and symbols also make up a great many languages, but there are dialects with no written script, just sounds.
This means that your pronunciation makes a great difference in your language.
Your message can totally change by the mispronunciation of a single sound.
Example – You can make a bad meal, a bed meal; a horse, a hoarse; an owner, an honour; and a dad, a dead!!
It helps your message to be meaningful and precise.
A wrong word used at a wrong place can destroy lead to misinterpretation of your message.
Example – To say, “He is childish.” when you want to say “He is childlike.”
Childish means a person is immature (negative), but childlike means innocent and adorable like a child (positive).
It holds a language together and gives it a universal pattern.
A wrong sentence structure can make the other person take you as a fool with no knowledge of the language.
a) “Sam is well not.” Instead of “Sam is not well.” – Here the word “not” is supposed to come before “well” not after (word order).
b) “A strange man is in corner.” – This sentence is very general, with a missing determiner. We don’t know which man, in which corner.
“The man in the corner looks strange.” – This sentence is more specific and helps us understand the message. We are talking about a specific man in a specific corner.
You need to know the nuances of English to be able to understand the difference between the two.
Taking care of the above points will cover most of your language.
But how to learn these?
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Example – If you use German words while speaking Arabic, will an Arab understand what you are saying?
Unless the other person knows those words, he won’t be able to understand you.
You’ll need to use the Arabic alternatives to those German words to make it understandable for the Arabs.
What is a Second Language?
A second language is a language that is not your mother tongue but is used in your vicinity for several purposes.
Example- If your native language is Hindi, but you use English in schools and offices, then English is your second language.
What is an Auxiliary Language?
How will you talk to someone who doesn’t know your mother tongue? You need a common language to talk to such people.
Languages which are used for communication between people who don’t have a common language is called an auxiliary language. This language helps in international as well as national conversations where people of the same country has people with different native languages.
Example – If you meet a Chinese person, but you don’t know Chinese and that person doesn’t know your native language, how will you both talk?
So, you both end up talking in English.
In this case, English is the auxiliary language that helped you to talk to a person with a different language.
There are some other auxiliary languages as well, like French, Russian, Esperanto, etc.
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