Is there a point to learning another language if youre a native English speaker?

Is there a point to learning another language if you’re a native English speaker? Everybody bends over backwards to speak your native tongue, what’s there to be gained from learning the languages of others? All Dutch people speak English, every German under 50 speaks English etc.

The only reasons I can think of why a native English speaker would learn another language is:

1). To pay respects to their ancestry
2). They plan on moving to country where said language is spoken
3). Just to show off

I wanted to learn Icelandic until I realised there isn’t a single reason to learn it beyond ‘wow cool language’

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You should be learning Hebrew so you can better communicate with your masters, that or Arabic and Hindu so you can be prepared for the replacement of your country.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Anglos literally rule Israel. The Poles are just show dogs.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It’s just a fun skill you can learn. I like learning languages and there’s nothing more to it, plus I can larp a little bit for fun. That’s all. It doesn’t have to be that deep.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I guess. Language learning is fun sometimes. But I’m not sure if I’d want to dedicate a couple of hours every single day just for it ultimately to be a pointless endeavour

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It’s only pointless if you then don’t do anything with it. You could visit those countries, consume media from those countries, try to better understand the culture of those countries, and talk to people from those countries.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        posting bait on 4 chins is even more pointless
        t. posts bait on 4 chins

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    By learning Icelandic, you can kind of understand Old English texts at times. Isn't that heckin neat?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Becoming a spook

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you really want to research history about subjects in anywhere else but US or Britain, you basically need to know local languages. Studying can be done with translated sources, but if you want to dig deeper, you will hit a wall very fast by being monolingual.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Consider this: you can be served any bullshit because the translators from the original language are incompetent at best, malicious at worst.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There’s like 100 different translations of the same material. There’re always more than just one translation of any given material. That’s a terrible reason to dedicate hours of your week to something that isn’t necessary

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        So? Are you gonna compare all 100 translations?

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's stuff in other languages that isn't, and won't be, translated to English.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Give me one (1) example

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Japanese & Chinese
        A massive amount of Buddhist and Shinto/Chinese-Folk-Religion literature alongside huge amounts of history, political theory, sociological thought, and media that's just entertaining.

        >Russian
        A huge amount of history, political theory, scientific and sociological literature, and an entirely separate branch of Christianity.

        >Spanish
        Huge amounts of history, sociological literature, entertaining media, etc.

        >Pajeet babble
        The vast majority of Hindu scripture, not just theology but like core texts, are untranslated. This is on top of Bollywood and and entire civilization's intellectual output.

        >Latin
        The majority of Medieval Latin literature is not transalted.

        This is just really easy ones. The question you should be asking yourself is
        >what media do I want to consume and produce
        not
        >what language do I want to know

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Russian

          [...]

          is also best served original

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Translation is merely an imitation of the original. This is like asking why would someone eat a real burger when vegan burgers are a thing.

  9. 2 months ago
    Radiochan

    to understand other languages
    like if you're in the USA it's extremely useful to learn spanish
    if you're a weeaboo japanese
    if you're going in for some super white collar job mandarin
    if you're going in to the intelligence establishment arabic, persian, russian or korean
    etc

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >like if you're in the USA it's extremely useful to learn spanish
      I wouldn't say its particularly useful. I mean I live in California that's basically knows for being filled with Spanish speakers but I'm also surrounded by people who speak Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, even a few German and French speakers and they all have their own little ethnic enclaves

      • 2 months ago
        Radiochan

        yeah well I live in a majority spanish speaking area adjacent to a majority arab speaking area

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