Share those sounds

Anjita Pradhan

Kathmandu:

A friend of mine recently visited France. She had lots to share when she returned but she was wistful about only one fact: the problem of language. It was then that she decided to take French classes so that the next time she gets to visit the country for business purposes she would not have to use broken English or make gestures in the air.

“Learning a language is a must, be it vernacular, foreign or international languages,” stresses Gopal Bhandari, principal of Cambridge Institute. Well, of course, people do take foreign languages classes for employment’s sake, which is not wrong at all. Prabin Bikram Rana, deputy director at Alliance France, believes learning a foreign language is a plus point. “It surely does add to your resumé. Besides, one gets to understand people and the culture of different places from their point of view,” says Rana.

Now that doctors and lawyers are also finding it useful, learning foreign languages has become the in-thing today. So much so that, Bala Ram Aryal, pricipal of Campus of International Languages feels that a person will get lost in the rat race if he does not have the knowledge of one international language besides his native language. “A person will get lost in the huge competition these days if he does not have that extra qualification of knowing an international language,” says Aryal. Besides, it will help a person see the world from a different perspective. “It will widen their knowledge and the horizon of their learning,” adds Rana.

Learning a language is not just learning grammar and vocabulary. It is a lot more than that, it about learning new sounds, expressions and ways of seeing things and the way its feels on your tongue when you speak it.

“Education and foreign language is like two sides of a coin. I feel they are inseparable because if you have to research on a particular subject of which can be collected only from another language then learning international language is a must. For example if Newton has written a book in his native language, scholars have to learn the language to understand the essence of it,” says Bhandari.

Today more and more people are learning this new mantra as they recognise the value of foreign languages. Combining languages with the study of business or law for that matter can get a person a high profile job.

Foreign languages help prepare you for the best of careers. When we talk about a foreign language we usually tend to think only of the English language. Though it is the first widely spoken language all over the world, now that people have explored other parts of the world, we have a wealth of information waiting for us to explore. How else can we do without learning the language of different peoples and communities to get close to the knowledge that they want to share? It’s a competitive world after all and just having a good knowledge of English may not suffice for most of all.

With the innumerable career options today, we need not stick to teaching or working in government offices. “With knowledge of different foreign languages there are careers in the field of tourism, engineering, journalism, public relations, embassies and more,” says Basanta Raj Panta, office manager at Universal Language.

Besides, other careers like medicine, telecommunications, music, theatre and research scholarships may also knock on your door once you make the right connections. So get out of there and discover a whole new world!