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Learning Foreign Languages

Is it necessary to learn foreign languages nowadays? You can just go to the shop and buy an electronic translator. But is it really capable of giving you accurate information? More and more people have come to the realization that electronic devices will never be able to replace the human brain.

All over the world people are learning foreign languages. Everybody knows his native language, but foreign languages are very useful. It is important to know languages when we travel to other countries or when we have to read foreign literature in the original, in addition to communication with foreigners. Being able to communicate in foreign languages is vital and necessary in the 21st century, when international cooperation is operating at its highest level. In a word, if you know the language of a foreign country, you can talk to its people and understand them. Knowing a foreign language can also help you get a better job in life.

There are more than 2700 languages in the world, not to mention the many dialects and sub-languages spoken on every continent. There are also 6 official languages of the United Nations, and English and Russian are included on this list.

English, for example, is spoken not only in the British Isles, North America, and Australia, but also in other non-English speaking parts of the world. It is considered to be the number one language of international use, and is the official language of global business.

About 328 million people speak English as their mother tongue, plus at least 375 million people use it as a second language. (source Wikipedia). Some estimates state that as many as 900 million people speak English, either as a native speaker or as a second language combined.

It is next to impossible to count how many people are learning English, the numbers are staggering!

Moreover, these days, in the 21st century, it is not necessary to go abroad to communicate with native speakers. We live in an era of high-speed technology and you can just log on to the Internet and have a talk with your friend living in a foreign country.