Has anyone ever told you that you "shouldn't be" learning the language you're learning and why?

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Going off the "why did you learn a language" post and hearing all the beautiful stories, I thought I'd talk about the other side of the spectrum. Has anyone ever given you a reason for why you shouldn't learn the language that you're learning, what was their reasoning and did you prove them wrong?

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In Brazil, people look at you differently (in a not good way) when you tell them you're going to study a language at college. Most of my family gave me congratulations when I told them what I wanted to be (I have a licentia docendi/Licentiate Degree in Languages-Portuguese/English), but there are always those people who say that only the less-smart ones take that as a career choice as Brazil doesn't respect its teachers very much and that I should have taken something that would bring me more money, like Administration, Medicine or Engineering. The only problem with that is that I'm not really into Math and Medical Sciences... It's very bad people want only to see you being rich and have much money, but not doing what you love. They didn't understand that I knew too much of English not to do anything with it...

I graduated with a higher-than-the-average grade and with several praises from teachers/college staff, and that proved them wrong ;). The only thing they got right is that I wouldn't get a job straight after graduating, but as I plan to enroll in a Master Degree program, this is not a big issue for me at the moment.

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Yay! Good for you, that's really impressive! At least your family was supportive!

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Alma Barroca wrote:

In Brazil, people look at you differently (in a not good way) when you tell them you're going to study a language at college. Most of my family gave me congratulations when I told them what I wanted to be (I have a licentia docendi/Licentiate Degree in Languages-Portuguese/English), but there are always those people who say that only the less-smart ones take that as a career choice as Brazil doesn't respect its teachers very much and that I should have taken something that would bring me more money, like Administration, Medicine or Engineering. The only problem with that is that I'm not really into Math and Medical Sciences... It's very bad people want only to see you being rich and have much money, but not doing what you love. They didn't understand that I knew too much of English not to do anything with it...

I graduated with a higher-than-the-average grade and with several praises from teachers/college staff, and that proved them wrong ;). The only thing they got right is that I wouldn't get a job straight after graduating, but as I plan to enroll in a Master Degree program, this is not a big issue for me at the moment.

I've heard similar reports from Brazil! A friend of mine who is a translator in Rio has spoken to me a lot about this very same topic.
She is caving in to the pressure, and it stresses her out, and she thinks she should change careers because
of it.

It's good that you aren't letting it get you down!!

As for me, I do not have a choice---I've never been attracted to the scientific world or the technological world other than to use it to do what I like. Some people are just not meant to do the jobs that are so approved of by others.
I'd rather enjoy my work than count the hours at work each day.
It isn't idealistic---I just can't survive otherwise, personally.

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opulence wrote:

Going off the "why did you learn a language" post and hearing all the beautiful stories, I thought I'd talk about the other side of the spectrum. Has anyone ever given you a reason for why you shouldn't learn the language that you're learning, what was their reasoning and did you prove them wrong?

I've never met someone who told me anything to my face about this, but I've read disturbing internet commentary on how languages should all disappear and everybody should adopt English. What a horrific perspective, but some people do believe in this .... and they are otherwise sane. It doesn't necessarily mean they have many strange ideas. They're just simplistic.

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That is horrible. I know a ton of people who feel that way though and it makes me so sad. But it's a really common way of thinking here in America Sad smile

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I've tried (and failed) to learn finnish, and I guess the main argument people have had against even attempting to learn that language is the grammar (15 cases!)

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Yeah Finnish grammar is pretty hard, I've tried learning it myself and I couldn't do it.

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opulence wrote:

That is horrible. I know a ton of people who feel that way though and it makes me so sad. But it's a really common way of thinking here in America Sad smile

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My mother does not want me studying her language. He says I spend time on something that is not useful in life. In Russia people want to know only Russian and English. And forget their native languages (we have more than 180 indigenous nations). And in Russia everyone tells others how to live and what to do!!!

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What language is it?

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Mari.

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You should learn it, save those indigenous languages!

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