Chapter XI – Part 7

$ 15. Do you agree with the following statements? Mark with 1 – 5 (1 – I completely disagree, 5 – I cannot agree more).

- It is a pleasure to learn a language. – 1
- It is difficult to learn languages. – 5!!!
- Speaking various languages is a must nowadays. – 5
- I speak foreign languages every now and then. – 3
- I speak foreign languages at work. – 5
- My language coach is supposed to teach me. – 2
- My progress depends on my language coach. – 2
- My language coach is supposed to support me in the process of learning languages. – 4
- In future I’d like to speak a couple of foreign languages.

No comment. I am realistic.

$ Assuming that the reality is not an image which you have made.

$ That’s a thought.

- Foreign languages are fascinating.

Can I mark with a zero?

$ Of course you can. I promise not to take it personally.


- The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

I like this statement very much. On the one hand, it is so down-to-earth. If I speak English, I can communicate with 1.5 billion people. After I learn Spanish, the number grows up to 2 billion. Including Chinese it is 3.2 billion. On the other hand, it is symbolic: if I learn a language I adapt a new way of seeing the world through this language. For example: in my mother tongue there’s no present perfect tense. Consequently, if I dream of speaking foreign languages and visualize that, I can say either: ‘I learned English’ or ‘I will speak English.’ And since I got to know the meaning of ‘I have learned English’ I can combine the cause, the process and the present effect so that the perspective of my dream that has come true changes completely.

$ In Chinese you don’t have proper tenses at all, which transports you automatically in the spacetime, where everything happens at once.

$ Fascinating.

- In my age / in my profession / in my country / ………………………it does not make sense; does Bill Gates speak any foreign language? – 1
- I prefer reading the original version than the translation. – 1
- I enjoy every opportunity to speak foreign languages. – 1
- I take every chance to know more about languages I learn. – 2
- It’s difficult to discourage me. – 1
- I avoid speaking in foreign languages. – 5
- I am very strict. – 4
- I like having everything under control. – 5
- I have fun meeting foreigners and discovering their culture. – 2
- I don’t say a word unless I’m sure there are no mistakes in what I’m going to say. – 4
- I am a total and utter disaster at languages. – 4
- I have bad experience from school. – 4
- I lack opportunities to speak languages I have learned. – 2
- English is omnipresent. – 5
- I don’t learn languages because I go on holidays abroad; I’m happy to go abroad because it’s a pretext to learn a new language. – 1
- If you want to learn languages, you must have a teacher. – 3
- If you want to learn languages, you have to attend a course. – 1
- Since you can speak your mother tongue, you are able to master other languages. – 3

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