Breaking the language barrier
LANGUAGE is described as the communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals such as voice sounds, gestures or written symbols.
If that definition doesn’t put you off learning another language, then you should give it a go.
Australia is regarded as a multilingual country as many of the population speak a language apart from English, due in part to our ongoing migration policy.
However, for those of us from an Anglo Saxon background, where we were force-fed French at school ( and I had no intention of running away to join the foreign legion) in the main, we dropped out at the first opportunity.
But how I’ve lived to regret that decision, not that French would have been my choice, although it would have been handy on the couple of times I’ve been in France to converse with the locals.
Over the years I had a crack at other languages, even tackling Spanish ahead of a planned trip to South America, by undertaking a course at James Cook University.