Being able to speak languages is a rare gift. In this fast-paced society, having the ability to converse with your fellow beings and simply connect with those you want to connect with is essential to meeting and befriending those around you.
Why Learning Language Online
My generation, millennials, are propped up by digital technology. Their way of living, spending time and interacting is represented by the many products marketed on a global scale. You can have a professional assistant who reads your e-mails or even get a glimpse of the future (mobile phone apps) when you step outside your home. What I’m talking about is what I like to call the audio consciousness.
Today, when we’re in public, especially for business or social engagement, our auditory reading is impressive. Interactions are immediate and powerful. For business and personal conversations, we’re now able to share information in more often (verbally, really) and to expand to more levels than we’ve ever been before.
The differences in grammar of a young person with relative ease talking to an older person present as only slight variations that always have be addressed. (I, for one, can’t think of more than a few times I’ve heard someone’s grammar in public, and it’s never been a big deal, like when you or I say “You blew me away.” The “I” or “me” are always centered correctly.) I find this part of the evolution of language interesting, and also surprising. There are two things that are now used every day: a phrase and a verb. If you simply want to state that you are listening to someone, you’ll say “I listened to you.” If someone wants to influence you, they’ll say “By listening to you, I may learn something.” Sound familiar? It does. Both are used in, typically, in less than 5-6 words in most contexts. When we hear them, we sometimes mistake them for an old adage.
Conversations are more fluid these days. That means, a conversation that used to have a lot of gesturing and “that person asked that person” dynamics is now almost complete. “OK, I listened to you.” It just happens in a matter of “ho ho,” in the chatter that happens in the background while people are interacting. My fave part about this change is that the writing used to be “I.” Now, the words are “you.” It’s subtle, but at the same time, startling, and like most things, it’s both becoming more common and more natural. (Frankly, you’re still the “you” if you forget, but if someone “listens” and they’re also just thinking in “you” or “you,” the correct setting is “you,” not “you.” Don’t look for a label; it is the correct place.)
One aspect of the evolution of the English language comes from the language originated in other languages. Writing was common in Shakespeare’s time. He had a name for his language, Middle English, and used a word-order almost as natural as the English we use today. It was “Slang.” “Speak” and “listen” were still foreign words in Shakespeare’s day. He used certain phrases, like “Words to be” and “What do you want,” that were commonly used when talking to non-English speakers. I’ve quoted that language to my students to show how English could be used, and evolve, with other languages.
English is now much more thought out, and therefore much more comfortable for English speakers. When a teenager is moving from a middle school learning English to high school learning the language of love and romance, they often find themselves feeling the English language “at home” or “more comfortable.” Most text and audio communicating in today’s world would have never taken off in our generation if it weren’t for digital technology. There have been innovations with each stage of the English language, each new language, that made it easier to learn each language. It’s really a combination of taking an old favorite and making it new.
The younger generations who grew up in the digital age use the technology to be authentic. They’re more direct, they know their worth, and they’re not afraid to let their friends know when they’re not feeling it. They can be a lot like teenagers at all stages of life, only they haven’t had the chance to process the world in an older way because they haven’t been around the world, have not experienced the way they communicate with their counterparts and also they are constantly assimilating. They have never seen other languages, and can