Speaking (p. 7)
Task 1 (Suggested Answer)
Many people nowadays are learning foreign languages. It’s
important for anyone who wants to work or study
abroad. For example, if you’re interested in working in
another country, or in having a job that involves working
with foreigners, it’s necessary to know at least one
In my country, nearly every university
student knows another language. English is the most
popular, but it’s not the only one people are learning. I
have friends who have learned two or more new
languages. Most of them study languages at school, but
there are other ways to learn. For example, there are
free courses on the Internet.You can also learn with CDs
and DVDs. And, of course, you can always buy a book
and study without a teacher. But learning only from
books can be a bit boring, so it’s nice sometimes to do
some extra things to make learning more enjoyable. For
instance, it’s fun to watch films from other countries, or
to listen to international music and try to learn the song
lyrics. And there are many people who improve their English by making friends on the Internet and staying in
touch with them.
I speak English and French, and I like
them both because you can use them in so many
countries. But I’d also like to learn an Asian language. I’m
considering Japanese, because I’m interested in travelling
Extra Questions (Suggested Answers)
• Yes, it’s better to begin learning a foreign language
from a young age, because it takes many years to
master a language.You are also more likely to speak
with a better accent if you begin speaking the
language as a child.
• I’d love to take a summer course in a foreign
country. It would be an excellent way to improve in
a foreign language, and it would also be a wonderful
• I can speak English well, but I’d still like to improve.
In particular, I’d like to have a larger vocabulary. I
also make mistakes in grammar.
• In my opinion, the hardest thing about a new
language is the grammar. Even if you know a
language well, it’s still easy to make mistakes when
you are speaking, and it takes many years of practice
to avoid those mistakes.
Task 2 (Suggested Answer)
These days, it seems that wherever you turn, you see or hear something in what has become the world’s lingua franca, English. Because of this, it has been suggested that all children should learn English from a young age. There are, however, both pros and cons to this complicated issue. There are many reasons why learning English at a young age is a good idea. To begin with, children learn quicker and better than adults. There minds are still developing and are receptive to new concepts. In addition, having another language when they leave school will be an incredible advantage in the job market.
On the other hand, there are those that say that learning another language as a child is useless. Firstly, many children will not need another language in their daily lives. Also, that children should be concentrating on their native reading and writing skills, not those of a foreign country.
To conclude, there are two very different sides to this controversial issue. It is very much a matter for the individual parents involved. But we should not forget the Czech proverb, ‘Learn a new language and get a new soul.’