“Learning a Foreign Language”



Pre-Listening Question

There are many reasons to learn another language. Which of these are most relevant and important to you?

  1. better memory
  2. better problem-solving skills
  3. a more comprehensive understanding of the world
  4. great self-confidence
  5. better career prospect
  6. deeper connections with others
  7. improved mental health
  8. great travel opportunities

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

insular (adjective): unaware of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one’s own experience.
– My friend is from a very insular community that is not open to outsiders.

stereotype (noun): belief about a particular type of person or thing that is often untrue
– Many stereotypes about my country are inaccurate, and I wish people would take more time to understand our culture.

dub (verb): change the original language in a movie to a different language
– A number of foreign movies have been dubbed into English, or you can watch them in the original language with subtitles.

nuance (noun): a slight difference in meaning
– You really need to build your vocabulary so you can notice different nuances in meaning in everyday conversation.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.

Conversation Questions

Discuss how learning another language has helped you in school or work. Give specific examples if possible.

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