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Life Lessons That Language Learning Gives Us

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In the 21st Century, Language Learning is not only beneficial but necessary for success in life. The ease of worldwide traveling and the internet have collapsed the barrier of distance that kept the world’s communities separate. Learning languages makes us open-minded.

In today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way. Those who have acquired and maintained more than one language are also called polyglots.

If you want to learn a language that is widely spoken throughout the world, you may want to opt for English, French, or Spanish, which are spoken on all continents.

No matter what your plans for the future are, speaking more than one language is always an incredibly useful skill to have.

In this article, I’m going to tell you about the Life Lessons that Language Learning gives us. Here are the best 5 Life Lessons that Language gives us:

Language Learning Helps in Understanding the World Better

One of the utmost rewarding aspects of the human experience is our ability to connect with others. As we learn more and more languages of different regions, we not only learn the language but also the culture of that area that helps in understanding the people and place better. Hence, it helps in understanding the world better.

If you know different languages, you will be humbled by the kindness of strangers. You will build lifelong friendships. For these reasons alone, you will see the reward of learning languages for many years to come.

Language Learning Helps in Better Communication

The second one is the improved communication and networking skills. When people are exposed to diverse social and cultural experiences, they become more adept at avoiding misunderstandings and reflecting on others’ perspectives. This ability to consider others’ opinions and viewpoints can play a significant role in effective communication from personal relationships to working environments.

Mainly in big corporations, there are people with various nationalities and ethnicity, who speak completely different languages. If the workers are multilingual, they will be able to communicate without the use of translators. They will also understand the opinions easily as language acquisition is also connected to understanding some cultural and social qualities.

Higher Competitive Advantage

As the world becomes more and more globalized, the demand for language speakers from companies is on the increase as they expand operations into new markets. These companies, therefore, need language speakers to satisfy the demands of their clients across the world.

The demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. Employers are seeking professionals who can communicate seamlessly with customers in new and expanding overseas markets. Utilizing different languages makes it easier and quicker to find a job because it is one of the essential parts of communication and collaboration nowadays. It increases opportunities for position and pay increase and leads to financial success.

It can also open many potential career doors, not only in terms of the range of jobs but also the range of destinations to find a job abroad.

Language Learning Makes Your Brain Buffer

 Learning a language causes areas of the brain associated with memory, namely the cerebral cortex and hippocampus, to increase in size.

Your brain is a muscle, and it’s worth exercising. It requires memorization skills, problem-solving ability, and quick thinking. Plus, there are so many different ways to practice to engage more of your senses. Studies have shown that doing the work to learn another language can make it easier to tune out distractions, grow certain parts of your brain, and even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Another important reason to learn a language is that it makes you more attractive according to 71% of Americans and 64% of Brits.

Language Learning Improves Decision-Making Ability

Polyglots tend to switch over to different languages very easily. This ability makes their decision-making power improved than the people who just know 1 or 2 languages. When you learn a language, you don’t learn sentences in that language. You learn the vocabulary and grammar and mix them and end up making your own sentences. Polyglots do the same thing.

They do not rote-memorize, instead take the help of the grammar and vocabulary of that language to make their own sentences. This improves their decision-making power. Here decision-making power means that how fast a person can take decisions.

Some Facts about Language Learning

  1. There are more than 7000 languages in the world.
  2. 12.44% of the world’s population speak Mandarin Chinese, whereas 5.52% of the world population speak English. The Spanish is in between with about 5.85%.
  3. Research suggests that Chinese and Arabic are some of the hardest ones to learn.

Summing Up

Language is the system. However, Language Learning leads you into the discovery about the system nature of every language. Knowing more than one language enhances your interpersonal skills, especially if it a foreign language. In a nutshell, language learning is important for students to effectively function in the modern global marketplace.

I’m sure there are many more, but these are surely good enough reasons all on their own.

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Greek Literature Literature

Delving into Greek Literature

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Greek literature extends from the 1st Millennium BC to the present day. After the conquest of Alexander the Great, Greek became the common language of the eastern Mediterranean lands and then of the Byzantine Empire. At present, it is chiefly confined to Greece and Cyprus. Greek Literature can be divided into three time periods – Ancient Greek Literature (800BC-350AD), Byzantine Literature (290AD-1453AD), and Modern Greek Literature (1453AD-Present).

Ancient Greek Literature – Ancient Greek Literature alludes to the literature written in ancient Greek dialect. The Greek language arose from the proto-Indo-European language; roughly only 2/3rd of its words are derived from various phonetic reconstructions. By the 5th century BC, Athens fully adopted the Phoenician derived alphabets that primarily arose from the Greek-Ionia or present-day Turkey.

  1. Pre-classical Period (800BC – 500BC) – The earliest of Greek Literature was completely oral while the ancient Greek Literature was oral to some degree. The poems that were composed in the pre-classical period were meant to be sung or recited. Writing them down for literary purposes began a little before the 7th century BC. Most of the poems focused on myths and legends that were partly folktale and partly religion. The significant figures of this period are Homer and Hesiod.
  2. Classical Period (500BC – 323BC) – Western literature became more prominent through its genres – lyrical poetry, Pastorals, Odes, Elegies, Epigrams, along with dramatic presentations of Comedy and Tragedy. Even Philosophical dialects, histories, and rhetorical treatises arose in this period. The two celebrated lyrical poets of this period are Sappho and Pindar. Throughout this period there were hundreds of tragedies that were written as well as performed, but only a limited number of plays survived. Especially the ones authored by SophoclesAeschylus, and Euripides. The writing of comedy also commenced in this period, as a ritual, in honor of Dionysus (the God of theater in ancient Greek religion). The earliest written plays were full of obscenity, abuse, and insult. Hence, the only surviving plays are of Aristophanes which are a treasure trove of comic presentation. The greatest achievement of the 4th century BC was in the field of philosophy. Greek philosophy flourished during the classical period. And the most prominent contributors to this field are SocratesPlato, and Aristotle.
  3. Hellenistic Period (323BC – 31BC) – By 338 BC, the important Greek cities were captured by Philip II of Macedon. Philip II’s son Alexander expanded his father’s territory of conquest greatly. This period is defined as the timeline between the death of Alexander the Great and the rise of the Roman Domination. And after the 3rd century BC, the Greek colony of Alexandria in northern Egypt became the center of Greek culture. The most valuable contribution done in the Hellenistic period was the translation of the Old Testament into Greek, by Septuagint. On the other hand, Greek poetry flourished with works of Theocritus (creator of pastoral poetry), Callimachus, and Apollonius of Rhodes. And Menander came up with his New Comedy, which changed the course of drama representation.
  4. Roman Age (31BC – 284AD) – A large section of Greek literature from this period was histories. The Roman Period contributed largely to the subjects of poetry, comedy, history, and tragedy. The important historians of this period were Timaeus, Diodorus, Siculus, Plutarch, Appian of Alexandria, and Arrian. Significant contributions were also made in the field of astronomy and geography by Eratosthenes. The physician Galen pioneered developments in scientific disciplines including anatomy, neurology, pharmacology, pathology, and physiology. Other than this the New Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles of Saint Paul are also a product of this period. This period marks the end of Ancient Greek Literature. 

Byzantine Literature – Written in Atticizing, Medieval, and Early Modern Greek. It is a combination of the Greek and the Christian civilizations based on the foundation of the Roman political system. It comprises of four main cultural elements: Greek, Christian, Roman, and Oriental. The literature of this period was mainly written in the Atticizing style (a particular region of Athens in Greece). Some were written in Latin and the ones from Latin Empire were written in French. Apart from all these Chronicles, Encyclopedias flourished in this period. 

Modern Greek Literature – The literature of this period is written in standard Modern Greek language. It witnessed the revival of Greek and Roman studies; and the development of Renaissance humanism and science. The Cretan Renaissance poem Erotokritos is a prominent work of this period. It is a romantic verse written by Vitsentzos Kornaros around the 1600s. Modern Greek Literature was mainly influenced by Diafotismos, a movement that translated and borrowed the ideas of the European Enlightenment into the Greek world. Adamantios Korais and Rigas Feraios are two important figures of this movement. At present, Modern Greek Literature is a part of the Global Literary Community. And Greek authors like George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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General

Barriers in Effective Communication

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Communication is an exchange of message/code/signal or any other sign or expression that conveys one’s feelings, emotions, or thoughts.

This follows a step by step process including five important elements:

  1. Sender – the one who sends the message
  2. Message – the content which is being delivered
  3. Medium – the channel of the communication
  4. Receiver – to whom the message is being delivered
  5. Feedback – response from the receiver

Effective communication and barriers in communication

Communication always includes two parties – the sender and the receiver. The cycle of communication completes only when the receiver responds to the message of the sender. Now there comes one more concept called Effective Communication.

Communication is said to be effective when the receiver interprets the message in the exact way as to what the sender meant to say. It simply means eliminating miscommunication and misunderstandings.

However, some common barriers affect communication between individuals. Let’s understand what they are:

  • Cultural Barrier – Cultural gap or difference acts as a barrier to effective communication. People coming from different cultures find it difficult to communicate because of differences in the social backdrop, opinion, place of origin, language, and habits.
  • Language Barrier- Explaining and understanding is the biggest challenge in communication. The language barrier happens to be the most when you are in a foreign place. Also, words matter a lot while communicating. For a region or community, it may have a good meaning but the same word could be indecent in other languages.
  • Perceptual Barrier – We all see the world differently and hence have different perceptions. When a person is not able to understand the way others are communicating due to a difference in opinion and perceptions, it is called perceptual barrier. 
  • Emotional Barrier – Many people hold back from communicating their thoughts and feelings to others due to fear, mistrust, and suspicion. Some common examples of emotional barriers could be – the communication between parents and an adolescent/teenage child, communication between boss and employee, etc.
  • Technical Barrier – With the involvement of technology in communication, technical barriers have also become a major issue that breaks the chain of communication. Technical barriers are the network or internet issues that occur when communicating through an electronic device like mobile phones, computers, laptops, etc.

Learn more about barriers of communication here.

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General

Communication and its Types

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People communicate with each other in several ways depending upon the message and its context. Today, in this blog, I am going to explain the different types of communication classified based on mode, purpose, and participants. Let’s get started.

Communication-based on mode:

Verbal Communication means communication using language. This is further divided into two –

  1. Oral Communication – It is the oldest means of communication which involves gathering or disseminating information through spoken words. It can either be in the form of a direct face-to-face conversation or indirect conversation through video calls, voice calls, etc.
  2. Written Communication – It is a formal means of communication that includes writing letters, emails, SMS, documents, reports, etc. which can be kept as a source of reference or legal record.

Non-Verbal Communication is an exchange of information or message between two or more people through gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, proximity, touching, etc. It involves communication via sign language, body language, tone of voice, expressions, and so on.

Communication-based on purpose or style :

Formal Communication follows certain rules, conventions, and principals while communicating. The use of slang and foul language is strictly prohibited. An example of this can be office communication.

Informal Communication is just a casual talk that we have with our friends, family, and closed ones. Usually, informal communication is done orally and using gestures.

Communication-based on the number of participants :

Intrapersonal Communication occurs within an individual as to analyzing situations, self-talk, maintaining a daily diary, or a personal journal.

Interpersonal Communication is an exchange of information between two or more people.

Group communication refers to the interaction among individuals (group), and it may involve the exchange of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Mass Communication is a type of communication in which a person, group of people or an organization sends a message through a channel of communication in a large group of anonymous and heterogeneous people and organizations. 

To learn more about types of communication, click here.

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Literature

Celtic to English: A Trace of the Global Perception on English Language

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The 21st century is a time for growing communication and traffic at its peak. Technology is constantly updating. The world views the English language as a language with a global impact. English is the first choice of foreign language in most countries of the world, and it is used as the global international language. It is estimated that almost a third of the world’s population uses English as their international communication language. English is seen as a language with global scope as implicated in the history and present-day existence of societies all around the world.

How did the English language obtain global importance?

History is not simply about the passage of time. It is what people do, and the changes that occur in society as a result of people’s actions over time. The history of English can therefore be seen as a record of the changes that occurred in the populations of those who speak the language. 

The English language started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what is now Denmark and Northern Germany. At that time the inhabitants of Britain spoke Celtic language. But most of the Celtic speakers were pushed to the west and north by the invaders – mainly into what is now Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The Angles came from “Englaland” and they spoke “Englisc” from which the words English and England were derived. The period of the development of English was divided into three periods – Old English (450-1100 AD), Middle English (1100-1500 AD), and Modern English (1500 AD – now). However, the period of Modern English is again classified as Early and Late Modern English periods. 

Language plays a very prominent role in peoples’ identities. The attitude of people towards a particular language is part of their personal history. There might be so many reasons why English is considered to be an international language. The book ‘English as a World Language‘ states that English has become a world language because of its establishment as a mother tongue outside England, in parts of all the continents of the world.

John Stuart Mill, an English philosopher, said that Language is the light of the mind. With over 6000 languages spoken across the globe, languages are undoubtedly the most important part of our being; they form an integral part of our identity. Languages serve as the best channels to understand and explore the nuances of different cultures and traditions. New words come into being as time passes and old words acquire changed meanings rendering a dynamic touch to the world of languages.