The importance of language learning is unquestionable. Not every one has been born in China, or in English speaking areas there for he/she can easily communcate with billions of people.

“A man who knows four languages is worth four men.”


– as the saying goes.


Monolingualism has advantages and disadvantages. I have never heard anything bad/disadvantageous about speaking multiple languages.


A fairly rigorous, but consistent mother tongue makes it much easier to learn a foreign language.

For exemplar English has a pretty simple structure. If an English meets with the Russian language then he will face some diffculties in the grammatic.

The language is not unlearnable for him/her, but Hungarian or German mother tonque makes things easier. However if someone speaks a world language then this person is not forced to learn a foreign language.

Foreign languages are in a pretty terrible position in the schools. There are only couple of subjects, which are more dreaded like mathematics, nature sciences.

 The reasons for this are:


  • language learning claims patience, endurance
  • the process of improvement is not linear
  • there are some difficulties to set/achieve goals because of the complexity of languages
  • there is no universal methode to learn languages efficiently.

There are many misconceptions:

  • language learning is expensive
  • it is only wasting of time
  • it never pays off.


 In my experience, language learning is not an expensive activity at all. You need to buy a few books, internet access and lots of free time. Language exams can be more expensive. You need a preparatory book to practice the tasks and you have to pay for exams.
As a child / teenager, learning a language can seem like a waste of time. However, as an adult you will think the opposite. In my experience, learning a language is more valuable in the job market than a university degree.
Let’s see how much a postman earns in Hungary and Austria. Net € 300 or € 1200. Which one sounds more sympathetic? The numbers will vary with a university degree, but the ratio will not be lower, in fact it can grow.
It is no coincidence that emigration of the intellectuals is a huge problem for Hungary. They just don’t like to talk about it in the media. People are only overwhelmed with the issue of immigrants.
The ideal value of language learning is higher than its material value. It’s hard to put it in words. For a Hungarian, the asztal always remains a table. For a German it will be/remains a Tisch. But if one is aware of both words, one can look behind the meaning of the word.
Although unstructuredness can lead to unpleasant events in the brain. One can easily forget a word in mother tongue or “find” an equivalent in a foreign language.
These problems are for monolinguals unknown. The more languages one speaks, the harder it is to be/keep on track.
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