Some People Say That the Only Reason for Learning a Foreign Language

Lilie King
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May 28, 2021

Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is in order to travel to or work in a foreign country. Others say that these are not the only reasons why someone should learn a foreign language. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is in Cambridge IELTS 11 Test 3 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

There have been conflicting views on whether or not traveling or working abroad should be the sole reason for learning a second language. I believe this motivation should not be the only reason because knowing a second language can greatly improve a person’s odds of success in life.

Those who argue that the sole purpose of learning a new language is to visit another country may believe that they will never need to use multiple languages at home (here, “home” means your own country). They can simply use their mother tongue to accomplish any task, whether it is a project at work, ordering food at a restaurant, or shopping at a grocery store. However, I do not think this is true for everyone. There are people who might need to, for example, read books written in another language or hire a foreigner on a global freelancing platform, which makes foreign language learning necessary even if they have no plan to leave their home country. 

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Those on the other side of the argument say that even if a person is not going to visit another country, they should still learn a new language to increase their chances of success in life. Being able to communicate in another language means that a person can learn from people who speak that language, whether through books or social media platforms. Consider the Chinese entrepreneur Alex Wong. He would not have been able to go from being broke to being a multi-millionaire if he had not mastered English. Doing so created opportunities for him to network in Facebook groups with American businessmen and be inspired by American hustle culture. I agree with this argument because, after all, almost everyone wants a successful life.

In conclusion, while there may be no need for most people to use a foreign language at home, I believe they should still learn one to improve their likelihood of succeeding in life. (315 Words)

How to Vary Your Language

A foreign language
  • Another language
  • A second language
  • A new language
Learn (a foreign language)

I recommend not changing the verb “learn” in your paraphrase of the question statement. However, you can use these verbs in your body paraphrase to vary your language: 

  • Speak (another language)
  • Use (another language)
  • Know (another language)
  • Communicate in (another language)

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  1. Some people believe that travelling or working in other countries are the only factors of learning a different language, while others opine that they are not the only reasons to learn an additional language. Although it is true that the majority of people prefer to learn a foreign language either to travel or to work in a distinct region, I believe studying abroad is also the biggest motive of people to learn an alternative language.

    On the one hand, it is true that a lot of individuals tend to learn a foreign language to do a tour or to do a job outside of their region. This is because it is essential to communicate properly in a foreign tongue to wander or to work freely or effectively in a host country. For example, in the past two decades, some cases have been noticed where guest foreigners were being fooled by host foreigners because guest foreigners did not have the proper knowledge about the language of that host country. However, I believe these are not the only reasons for learning a different language.
    On the other hand, studying in a different region is also a significant factor to learn an additional language. To be more precise, the chances of getting admission to international universities are high if the aspirants have the potential to communicate in that particular foreign language. For instance, the number of foreign language learning institutions has been increasing globally due to the increasing interest of people in going abroad to study. Therefore, I believe that education is another factor to learn a different language.
    In conclusion, travelling and working are not the only reasons; I believe studying is also the biggest motive of people to learn a foreign language.

  2. Mam, i think if you give separate title or purpose of each paragraph in the last, as like you gave the synonyms and vocabulary in every essay of yours. I’m your regular pupil and always experienced this error. If I grasp the aim of the paragraph, it will be much easier to absorb the whole essay.

  3. Some people believe that travelling and working abroad are the main reasons for learning foreign language. While others say that there are various other reasons to learn a foreign language. I personally believe that there are no one or two reasons why people tend to learn foreign languages.
    On the one hand, there is a high trend in travelling and working in foreign lands so people should know the language of that country so that they can easily communicate with the country’s citizens. For example, there are two movies called Queen and Emily in Paris. In Queen, it shows how Indian girls went to the US for travel and faced lots of problems interacting with Americans. Similarly, in the second movie, it shows that due issue in the French language girl face lots of humiliation in the working place.
    On the other hand, there are not only two reasons why people learned foreign languages, lots of students used to go abroad for studies. Before applying for an offer letter to University, they should pass the language proficiency test link ielts, pte or duolingo. Secondly, to become a tourist guide or working in home country in an international company where employees should communicate in foreign languages with various clients or some people are very fascinated about other countries’ entertainment industries like Korean so that they used to learn that language for enjoyment.
    In conclusion, I believe that there used to be lots of reasons to learn other countries’ languages, not only for travel and work.

  4. It is often argued that we should learn a foreign dialect for a variety of reasons. Others, however ,believe that the only reason for learning a new language is in order to work in a foreign country or just simply to travel. In the following essay, I will discuss both views and give my own opinion.
    To begin with, there is a group of people assume that we ought to learn a new language because of various reasons. Firstly, it will be really helpful in translating books, films, documents,… that from the other countries. For instance, it is much more easy for you to understand the foreign books or films if you already know about that language and you do not need to translate it by your phone or some specific devices. Others learn a new language because of the compliments, it sounds pretty ridiculous, but it happened. In fact, a lot of people learn a new dialect and do not even care what is the benefits of it, they only learn and look for admiration from others. It can actually boost their self-confidence at some moments, but it seemed not really beneficial but gives the illusions of being admired for those people.
    On the other hand, I support for the idea that the only reason for learning a new foreign dialect is in order to travel or study in a foreign nation. Before decide to do anything, the first thing you need to care about is the benefits of it as we all collectively do not want to do something in vain, and so as learning languages. Moreover, we learn a language cause we know someday it will be really helpful for us in our works or tourism. For example, you love English and you want to learn it because you know that it will definitely help you in your major at university. It is totally reasonable when learning something involve languages with knowing it will be beneficial for you in the future.
    To sum up, I believe that we should learning foreign languages due to their realistic outcomes that we can get, traveling and working in a foreign language are two mains reasons for it.
    can you mark it for me please

    1. Sorry for the late reply. You’re definitely right. I made some changes. Please have a read and see if you like it better now.

  5. I am not getting the essay, is this about why people “should” learn a foreign language or about why people learn foreign language ( for what reason they learn it in general)

    1. Hi Arna, in Body Paragraph 2, I discuss that people SHOULD learn a foreign language because it can increase their chances of success in life.

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  7. In the second sentence, should it be written the “when living in its own country” instead of “their own country” because of “a person”?
    Thank you for response in advence.

    1. Hi, this is really a great question. The use of “their” as a singular pronoun that is gender-neutral is well established. This is better than “his or her”, which is clumsy. Simply search for “using their to refer to one person” on Google.

  8. Recently, the number of people learning a foreign language has increased on an unprecedented scale. Some society members allege that the true explanation to acquire another language is travelling or working overseas. Contrastingly, others assume that these are not the only reasons justifying second language acquisition. There are cogent arguments on both sides, which will be discussed in detail, followed by my own perspective on the matter.

    It is true that people eagerly tend to become familiar with a new language for either occupation or travel. To clarify, globalization has left a far-reaching impact on the economy of all nations and tremendously promoted the growth of multinational companies. While the number of working individuals rises, the demand to study all four skills of a foreign language will double. Accordingly, if people intend to visit a new country, they have to practice basic conversations in the target language to communicate with the locals whenever possible.

    Nonetheless, travelling or working is not the only reason why many are trained for. First, students urgently feel the need to study foreign languages because many degree programs make this process of learning mandatory. As the students learn these languages, they can perceive and appreciate cultural diversity. Society members, moreover, are motivated to acquire a foreign language since many professional careers in the United Kingdom and Australia require IELTS or TOEFL certification.

    In conclusion, although some of the reasons are travel or work-related, other justifications are purely personal or recreational in nature. Admittedly, I believe that making too much effort to acquire a second language will be more appreciated for either academic or professional purposes

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