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The importance of studying foreign languages
Languages by definition can be classified as a communication among human beings that is characterized by the use of arbitrary spoken or written symbols with agreed-upon meanings. More broadly, language may be defined as a communication in general: it is regarded by some linguists as a form of knowledge, that is , of thought or cognition.
Languages can be studied from at least two points of view: its use or its structure. Language use is the concern of scholars in many fields, among them literature, communications, speech and rhetoric, sociology, political science, and psychology. Studies of language use are what humans say, what they say they are thinking, and what they mean by what they write and say to one another. It is the particular way words are selected and combined that is characteristic of an individual, a group, or a literary genre.
Those who study language as written communication are interested in the structure of what they call text -how sentences and their parts are organized into coherent wholes- and concerned with how one language can be translate into another. All human language as a grammatical structure where by sound units are combined to produce meaning.
The process of communicating meanings with sounds, words, and sentences and perceiving meanings that other communicate in this way is believed to involve grammar as a tool for relating thoughts or its ideas to speech, or signaling.
Spoken, gestured and signaled communication involves the same process for all humans, and any human language can convey any human thought; nevertheless, the actual languages spoken in the world are numerous, and they differ vastly in their sound systems and grammatical structures.
In the midst of world linguistic diversity, a number of international languages have been proposed...