posted on Aug, 2 2004 @ 04:39 PM
I never got on with learning a second language at school...
At my old school (and most schools in the UK) I was forced to learn English Language (obviously), French and German - I just got confused all the
I left school 3 years ago (16 now), with technically no knowledge of a second language. I now, as a computer programmer have had to learn 20+ entirely
different languages, which to me - someone working with code 24/7 - starts to work a lot like vocal languages, you see the same patterns.
And since then, I have started to learn more vocal languages, such as German, and Spanish (not wanted to learn French, though I may have to) - so, in
my oppinion; it doesn't matter what age you start at, as long as you have the enthusiam.
Ok, so learning computer languages may of helped me I think.
But even after starting to learn more vocal languages - I don't find them *that* useful. The only reason that I wanted to learn a second (and third)
language was because a lot of fellow programmers I have come accross over the years are German and Spanish - so needed to learn the languages to
understand them, read their texts, etc.
To me, a second language isn't that useful - depending on who you are. If you're just a bog standard person working in an office (no offence
intended), you probably don't *need* to learn a second language (but of course you can if you want, lol).
But, I still think children should be taught a second language starting from an early age, as I find it helps you understand your native language much
better; you start to learn *how* a language works, and how great languages are. Of course what a child does with that knowledge after they leave
school is beyond anybodies power, so if they choose to forget it all, then that's their choice. But at least they were given the chance.
Plus of course with the world becoming 'smaller and smaller', people will be in contact with people from other countries more and more, so a second
language will become useful then also.