Talk About a Time When You Had to Learn a New Language

Talk about a time when you had to learn a new language or Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language

  • Where were you?
  • Who were you with?
  • What did you talk about?
  • And explain how you felt about it?

Sample Answer

I am a polyglot person who knows English, Hindi, and Punjabi. There was a time when I was pursuing my graduation, and in our final term, it was mandatory to take one international language either from Spanish, Russian or French.  So, at that period randomly I choose to add the French language in my curriculum where me and my friend I both enrolled ourselves for French-language randomly.  Although, the complete session was very tough for me, however, our tutors were really submissive to get us to overcome easily in our hurdles.

After my session ended I never thought that I will ever use this language, but here I would like to share an incident that happened to me about a year ago where this language was really helpful. I was in Agra at my uncle’s place for my vacations and we all know that it’s a highly rated tourist spot for foreigners because of The Taj Mahal, I remember one day when I was walking in the local street for some shopping with my cousin and there I realized a foreigner who was in the laborious situation because of language transformation as he was unable to make the shopkeeper understand what he was looking for.

I found that he is speaking in the French language so, I started communicating with him and then he told me that he doesn’t know any other language other than French and asked me to help him as he was looking to purchase some local Indian stuff for his family members. Then he conveyed to me easily what he wants in his native language and I converted all the same in our local language to make the shopkeeper understand, and that’s how his shopping done without any difficulty.

Moreover, at the end of the day after helping him with his all shopping and before leaving he thanked me for helping him selflessly and as a token of our new friendship he presented a souvenir of the Taj Mahal and from that moment we both become good friends and till the date we are in good touch. On that day I found self-satisfaction for helping someone with my knowledge.

That You May Ask During Your Speaking Follow Up Questions by the Examiner Related to the Speaking Cue Card ” Talk About a Time When You Had to Learn a New Language “

Question:- At what age should children start learning a foreign language?

There is no age of learning any new thing. Learning any new language in schools or at an early age will defiantly improve children’s skills or somewhere it can be difficult also to learn any new language at a young age where you already involved with many other activities. Otherwise, one can opt for learning anytime as per the availability of their schedule.

Question:- Which skill is more important speaking or writing?

Well, writing and speaking both the modules are connected to each other and both have their own significance too. However, speaking reflects the complete structure of any individual. It makes a person more confident if you are fluent in speaking and somewhere speaking is used more as compared to writing.

Question:- Does a person still need to learn another language if he is good at English?

Yes, one can learn another language also if he is fluent in English, as learning any other language helps in improving his own skill and make him more confident. It’s not mandatory but grabbing something is always worthful.

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Question:- Do you think minority languages will disappear?

Yes, languages are dying frequently though, India is a diverse country in form of culture, religion, and languages. India is the only country where numerous numbers languages are used and still local people used to communicate in their languages and trying to forward this custom to the next generation. However, the young generation is adapting or giving preference to a single Global language instead of going towards their own traditional language which results in a shortage of some minority languages in the coming era.

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