Although there is a lot of software available today that can translate from one language to another, it is still necessary for people to learn a foreign language. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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Despite the availability of a great deal of language translation software, foreign language learning is still necessary. I completely agree with this statement because people tend not to interact with each other further when using a translation tool. Besides, they can have higher chances to succeed in life if they speak another language.
Translation software discourages further interaction. For example, if a tourist asks a local for directions by using a translation tool, the local would probably say nothing more than the directions since most people do not like communicating with a machine. By contrast, tourists who are able to speak the local language show that they respect and love local culture. Locals in turn would extend their hospitality, asking about where they are from or even showing them around.
In addition, speaking a second language increases a person’s chances of success in life. The Internet has made the world unbounded. This allows a person to easily make their voices heard by people in another country as long as they share a common language. Take for example the famous Norwegian YouTuber Nora Alex. His Channel wouldn’t have reached more than one million subscribers if he weren’t able to speak English well and just used translation software to add English captions to his videos.
In conclusion, even though there are many translation tools available, learning another language is still necessary. For one thing, these tools tend to put people off further interaction, and for another those who speak a second language can gain the advantage of reaching more people and thus raise the odds of success in life.
How to Paraphrase the Question Statement
By changing ‘although’ to ‘despite’, we can easily use different grammar because ‘although’ needs to be followed by a clause whereas ‘despite’ needs to be followed by a noun phrase.
Although there is a lot of software available today that can translate from one language to another, it is still necessary for people to learn a foreign language.
Despite the availability of a great deal of language translation software, foreign language learning is still necessary.
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