Written by: Xuân Phi, 12/4/2022
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 14/4/2022
Question: Although there is a lot of translation software available, learning a language could still be advantageous. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
(IELTS Academic – 14/4/2022)
It is beneficial for people to learn a language rather than rely heavily on translation programs. I totally agree with this notion as it engenders a deeper understanding of cultures and enhances conversations.
The first reason why people should learn a language is that they will gain a more profound insight into foreign cultures. As they acquire a language, they can truly understand local customs and traditions by reading original literary works or watching documentaries. For example, a Vietnamese student who is proficient in Hindi, one of the official languages in India, would know that head shaking in India does not mean no and the gesture for yes looks like a no in other cultures. As a result, mutual misunderstandings and cultural shock are more likely to be avoided, allowing them to better adapt to a new environment.
The second reason for my agreement is that language acquisition enables people to have more effective communication. They can feel more confident when entering a conversation in a foreign language, facilitating their understanding of how a sentence is structured or how a new word is applied in the right context. To illustrate, a tourist proficient in French tends to more actively interact with local people during his vacation in France, forging a stronger bond among them. As a result, this will bring an enlivening and memorable traveling experience. These benefits cannot be provided by using translation software as it will be a cold personal interaction.
In conclusion, I strongly believe language translation platforms cannot replace the need to learn a new language as it fosters a process of cultural exchange and improves speakers’ communication in certain situations. Therefore, people should consider learning a language and not just rely on translation software.
|gain a more profound insight into||có được cái nhìn sâu sắc hơn về|
|acquire a language||tiếp thu, học một ngôn ngữ|
|be proficient in||thành thạo trong…|
|mutual misunderstandings and cultural shock||sự hiểu lầm lẫn nhau và sốc văn hóa|
|better adapt to a new environment||thích nghi tốt hơn với môi trường mới|
|language acquisition||sự tiếp thu ngôn ngữ|
|forge a stronger bond||gây dựng một liên kết bền chặt hơn|
|form deeper relationships||hình thành các mối quan hệ sâu sắc hơn|
|facilitate their understanding of||tăng cường hiểu biết về…|
|an enlivening and memorable traveling experience||một trải nghiệm du lịch vui vẻ và đáng nhớ|