- a) How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French?
I can use my knowledge of English to learn French because there are many similarities between the words in the two languages, allowing me to make an educated guess at many words. The two languages also use the same alphabet (the Roman alphabet), which makes learning French much easier than learning languages such as Chinese. Finally, there are words that are almost exactly the same in both English and French, such as téléphone,
- b) How do I introduce myself in French?
I can introduce myself in French by talking about the following:
- My favourite colours and least favourite colours.
- My pets
- Where I live
- What nationality I am
- The languages I speak
I can also help the progression of the conversation by using phrases such as Moi aussi and Et toi,
How are languages linked to one another?
In my opinion, languages are linked through alphabets, and many come from the same base families, such as greek and latin. Countries may influence each other’s languages, and occupation on a country can affect it’s language. For example, when the Spanish occupied Vietnam, they could not write the native character-based language, who they wrote it phonetically, using the Roman alphabet. This stuck, and later it was made standard, so now the Vietnamese alphabet is based on Roman numerals.
Does learning a new language make my mother tongue stronger?
I don’t think learning French has improved my mother tongue, because they come from different base families, and have different sentence structures. For example, in Chinese, you would say 一 (yi(one))隻(zhi)狗(gou(dog)), but in French you would just say Un chien. There is no word similar to ‘zhi’ in Chinese, as in Chinese people, animals, and object all have a certain word in front. I believe another main problem is that the two languages come don’t use the same system. French, along with most european countries, uses the Roman alphabet, while Chinese used characters. Because these two systems have no connections, I can’t ‘spell’ out the words as I would between French and English. Along with the problem of different sentence structures, I don’t think that learning French could make my mother tongue stronger.