Learning a New Language

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 11, 2020 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Children often see learning another language as boring, and only do it because it is something they have to do at school. As we get older the idea of learning a foreign language can become much more appealing for different reasons. It may be to experience different cultures, to communicate with different people, to get more job opportunities or another reason.

Sometimes people learn a specific language because they need to and sometimes they choose to learn a specific language because they want to. Nowadays, with modern technology, it has never been easier to start learning a foreign language.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • language (noun)
  • boring (adjective)
  • learn (verb)
  • school (noun)
  • foreign (adjective)
  • culture (noun)
  • communicate (verb)
  • opportunity (noun)
  • enjoy (verb)
  • nowadays (adverb)
  • technology (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What languages would you most like to learn?
  • What languages do you know?
  • What languages did you learn when you were a child?
  • Did you enjoy learning them?
  • What languages would you like to learn?
  • Why would you like to learn them?
  • Why are you not learning them now?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.