Break­ing the lan­guage bar­rier

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

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.

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