I have always had an attraction for foreign languages, even from kindergarten when we used to learn the numbers in English or how to introduce ourselves. Then, going to school we had English as the first foreign language to study and I can say I really enjoyed it from the beginning. I was very pleased to discover that I was learning more and more and that my vocabulary was enriching step by step.
Afterwards, I started to learn French which I had to admit I didn't like from the beginning. It was maybe because of our teacher who didn't explained us very well or it was just because I didn't feel any attraction for French. I remember I usually had problems in grammar even if I enjoyed reading texts a lot or making translations. In the 12th grade I had to take an exam i
n French for my school-leaving examination and I remember I was a little scared because I knew French wasn't my cup of tea and especially grammar. But finally everything ended very good.
But then my attention to made for Spanish. My life was quite invaded by this language because there were plenty of movies or soap operas on TV and I liked how it sounded and it seemed to me not so difficult to learn. When I began studying Spanish there weren't so many obstacles to encounter except for some parts in grammar or some idioms. But I really enjoyed it and I wanted to learn a lot very quickly and I was very proud of myself when taking my exam to enter the university.
But the truly most important moment I really felt the pleasure of knowing a foreign language, precisely Spanish, was last year when I was in Spain and I could notice that I really was able to express myself in a foreign language, even if at the beginning it was a little harder. I felt a great pleasure when I realized I could communicate with the people around me, that I could make myself understood and that many Spanish people were amazed at my speaking so good. Then, I could notice that my English was very good compared to the other students, were they Spanish, Italian or German.
To conclude, I can say that learning a foreign language gives several advantages, from communication with strangers to finding a job in a foreign country. Even if there are some obstacles in studying, one should always think at the benefits a foreign language offers. But, anyway, the best way to improve one's knowledge in a certain foreign language is to spend some time in a foreign country because it helps you more express yourself in that certain language. Practice is more important than theory and this goes with learning a foreign language, too.
The Pleasures And The Obstacles Encountered In Learning a Foreign Language written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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