But I believe that before there were two wold powers - the Soviet Union and the US- that would like to have the whole world be similar to them, so at present Russia doesn't want to make the world play its game, but some important figures in the USA politics would like to do it!
And if I learn English, it doesn't mean that I must think that's all right!
We are different and we must be different.
If the world were once in the future the same, it would die.
But to be unlike doesn't mean we have to be at war like in the past, it means - to accept the differences in the culture and lifestyles in different countries and to enjoy learning these countries and studying their languages!
That's all, my dear Imiritseshem!
June 7, 2012, 1:42 p.m.
If you study multiple languages, you will probably make connections faster in some areas of thinking.
June 8, 2012, 4:34 p.m.
So, if we could see the thought speed as intelligence, I think the language learning can provide a huge improvement to that. Learning a musical instrument works in that sense as well.
Learning a language can be a very enriching and enjoyable experience if you allow it to be.
As for the 'Americanization' of the world, from another perspective it is actually the Westernization of the world actualized by techno-science. It so happens that America, not Europe ended up playing the main role, but ultimately American culture is powerful because the country is wealthy, and the country is wealthy because of the rise of Western science and social structures. There is some counteraction now from other countries of course, but even places like China can only get more and more Western as they modernize. It can't really be helped.
I was in the hospital with my Asthma and couldn't answer earlier. Who said that I don't like the Americans? I repeat that I have some American pen-friends, and I know that the most of Americans are very friendly and helpful people, that many rich Americans give a lot of money for charity in different countries. By the way, rich Russian people are not so generous. I taught a lot of Americans at my language school in St Petersburg, among them also some officiers of American army or future diplomats. They were mostly nice, hardworking, sociable, easy going and goal oriented.But of course we had some discussions. I was not always agree with their opinions. Different countries have different lifestyles, different history and consequently different values. Globalisation and the rapid technology progress give us new oppotunity for cooperation, but it doezn't elliminate the differences in the cultures and values. The world shouldn't be uniform! So I decided to orginize 2 times a month open discussions for sharing opinions about politics and cultures in LingQ: WORLD TODAY in English, UNSERE WELT in German and МИР СЕГОДНЯ in Russian. I invite not only English, German or Russian learners but also the native speakers where you can represent your opinions and your values.
And now I return from the politics to my tutor's advice: Study foreign languages, learn new cultures - it's the best hobby in the world! Be patient and persisting in your studying! Try to find interesting podcasts and memorize useful words. Don't be afraid of temporal difficulties, you'll be able to overcome them step by step and then you'll open the new world of significations, widen greatly your horizon! English is great! Russian is great! German is great! French is great! The other languages are also very interesting. Enjoy them!
I understand it. I see you have an American flag next to your name as I do. Next time you're in an urban or suburban area, take a look around. Uniformity abounds. Smaller shops and stores are constantly being put out of business in favor of the uniformity that big-box sellers provide. I suspect evegueny40 is referring to that sort of uniformity, not anything linguistic, because it's also happening all over Europe and elsewhere.
My memory, I would argue is better, but only because I have researched and practiced memory techniques because of language learning.
As for making you smarter?You'll have to define smarter in a narrower tunnel. I think you get "smarter" at the skills you practice, that is all.