Unit 1 (Parlez-vous français) Reflection

Unit Title: Parlez-vous français

Key and Related Concepts: Connections context purpose patterns

Global Context: Identities and relationships

Statement of Inquiry: The connection between the mother tongue and other languages enables people to develop skills and knowledge in language and acquire new languages.

This depends on what your mother tongue is. Like English and French are similar in a lot of words, the pronunciation is somewhat the same, and the sentence structure is also alike in someways, so it makes learning french easier if English was your mother tongue. But English and Mandarin does not have a lot in common, the characters/letters are different, how to read is different, pronunciation is not alike, so if your mother tongue English, then learning Mandarin will probably be harder than French to learn. If your mother tongue is Mandarin, then probably learning French will be harder than if your mother tongue is English.

Inquiry Questions:

Factual:

How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French? How can I introduce myself in French?

 

A lot of words in French are really similar to English, so some of the words are not hard to guess, some of the pronunciation is alike ( like if you know English, French is probably easier to say than Mandarin) , and the sentence structure are also the alike. So learning French will be easier if you use the knowledge of English.

 

Conceptual:

How are languages linked to one another?

I think a lot of languages have the same root so they might have similar words, similar pronunciation and similar grammar. But all languages have some sort of pattern.

Debatable:

Does learning a new language make my mother tongue stronger?

This kind of depends, because if your mother tongue is English, learning French might help with grammar, but if you are learning Mandarin, it is not similar and it might get messed up with pronunciation.

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