• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Eng oral commentary

Extracts from this document...


We have to understand a language is not simply a tool for communication with other people. A language is the longest alive history of a particular group of people. The language itself consists of the characteristics of people, times that people had to go through, and the culture people have been forming. Idiom, sayings, folk stories and poetry in a language clearly represent certain people, with unique ways of expressing and believing things, for example, "what is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave" also exists in Korean but in slightly different manner, "habits gained at three last till ages of eighty". The languages with full of history and culture are now shared worldwide, and people speaking two languages at the same time, bilinguals now commonly eixst. Being bilingual is a very fascinating challenge, yet is not easy at all. The demand of bilinguals in this world has been constantly increasing due to globalisation, which allows an international trade and cultural exchange. ...read more.


Consecutive bilingualism, also called successive bilingualism, is when a person learns one language after already knowing another. People who become bilingual as adults and those who became earlier are the case. Secondly, simultaneous bilingualism is when a person learns two languages as first language. People who are simultaneous bilingual freely think, listen, speak, and read in both languages. Infants who are exposed to two languages from birth will become this type. The last, receptive bilingualism is when a person is able to understand two languages but expressed oneself in only one. The classification can be also done with the level of skills. The ability of communication through two languages increases in the order of passive bilingual, dominant bilingual, balanced bilingual, and equilingual where passive bilingual is the lowest. Bilinguals seem to have a greater tolerance of other languages and cultures and to be in a better situation to access to different cultures. But, this can happen when a person has a clear identity about oneself. ...read more.


The survey carried in U.S.A. showed that 2 of Koreans who were born in U.S.A. in 10 don't have Korean identity at all, considering themselves totally American while their parents are totally Korean. And 3-4 of those in 10's ability to use Korean language was at a primary school student's level. It shows that then these people will create their own mixture of Korean and American culture, which may not be accepted by majority of people. Also, when there is no cleary identity or full understanding in another langyage, the mixture of two languages occur. Deformation of one language occurs in many countries, but famous examples are Hinglish (Hindi+English) and Japlish (Japanese+English). A language is changed into a convenient form for a group of people and this puts languages in disorder, making them lose its uniqueness and purity. Furthermore, not clear identity may bring a communicating problem with monolingual people. Many of old Asian people feel that English is a rude language, because the language doesn't really have special words for calling elder people, like elder brother. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. In article Bilingual Childrens Mother Tongue: Why Is It Important for Education? Jim ...

    In early years at school bilingual children easily learn the majority language in school also easily at forgetting mother tongue due to not using mother tongue in the community outside the school. As Jim states children within 2-3 years will understand their mother tongue but will use majority language in speaking with siblings and parents.

  2. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    The Chita Region has a lot of lakes such as Leprindo, Leprindokan in the North and the group of Ivano-Arakhlei lakes in the central part. Our rivers and lakes are abundant in fish: pike, salmon, trout, grayling, perch and so on.

  1. Individual oral Presentation

    the songs" to show how the people of the land had been affected by the partition. It is ironical that the soldiers who are fighting for their new countries missed their homes. "Their positions were impregnable" this phrase is quite ironic as they were so emotionally vulnerable and the common

  2. French Oral Presentation

    H: Oui je le veux vraiment! Je veux que beaucoup de changements soient faits dans cette �cole! A: Bien l'ami, votre d�sir s'est mat�rialis�! Pour s�r, la vie dans l'�cole est tr�s amusante, par exemple vous avez des Math�matiques, une Science, un fran�ais et tout.

  1. Interactive oral

    His deception makes people think that he deserves the high status that he has now. This is contradicted to the Steve's case, where Steve confessed but lost his fame, money, trust, and the future. Do you think this is fair?

  2. Chili Report - choosing a chili for a cook off competition. History and different ...

    Three different items can be added to this chili to give it a different name. For example, if you were to add "a layer of grated cheese you will have three-way chili", or "add chopped onions on top and you will have four-way chili", and if you were to "top

  1. Ariel Dorfman. discusses the topic of bilingualism in America. The writer agrees with the ...

    idea, in which it creates these ?bridges? to the English language, and the bilingual thought also gives the bilinguals a feel of their past cultures at the same duration. 1. The writer Ariel Dorfman conveys his opinion through three basic appeals and they are logos, pathos and ethos, these three appeals persuades the reader in reading the text.

  2. Comparative Commentary. The two Internet articles, the World Trade Organization's Building Trade Capacity ...

    "Introduction" explains why and how the WTO is helping developing countries. "Why is building trade capacity important?"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work