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The Importance of Language

Why do we need language? Is it really that important? Aren't English teachers just sadistic grammar-fiends? Let's watch and find out just what the big deal is with language.
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Shayne Henry

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of The Importance of Language

The Importance of Language Because my English teacher hates me? NO! Because girls dig grammar nerds? NO! The truth is that we study language for so many different reasons. "Language forges friendships, cultural ties, and relationships."
--David Kilgour "Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow." It is what binds us together as mankind, as members of this place we call our planet. --Oliver Wendell Holmes Language gives us the opportunity to make the world around us our own. "Words signify man's refusal to accept the world as it is." --Walter Kaufmann Have you ever noticed how confusing langauge can be sometimes? Why do we drive in a parkway but park in a driveway?
Don't "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
Why is it called "rush hour" when your car barely moves?
How can "skating on thin ice" lead you to being "in hot water?"
What happens if you get "scared half to death" twice?


Well, maybe... It gives us the ability to express ourselves in meaningful ways. "We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." --Toni Morrison Language makes life more meaningful, helps us take stock of our lives. All those great reasons mean nothing to you? Well, you should believe in the importance of language anyway so that you don't end up like these folks... So please, learn language, use language, and you might even grow to like it. Thanks! So why study it then? Created by Shayne, a fellow language-lover. Trust me, no one wants to see that.
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