Language and You
In my opinion, language is certainly the most essential quality human beings have
inherited. It is the only way to communicate, and it sure is fascinating how we can convert
our thoughts into words. Since language lets us express our feelings, I think learning a
second language gives us valuable life skills, as well as, a wider vision of today’s world.
Undoubtedly the most interesting thing about language is how influential words can be,
especially when they are coming from your favorite musician.
Since language is our most important, if not the only, means of communication, I
think it actually brings people together. Whenever we use language, we are expressing our
intelligence through words. It is impressing what the power of words can do; it can break
or make a person. Once people realize the power they hold in their hands, they tend to use
language to induce the opinions of others. As a result, a single word can affect a person’s
behavior, as well as, life enormously.
I also think mastering a second language gives us priceless life abilities. Being
bilingual myself, I think it is an advantage to know a second language because it gives me
access to a larger pool of information, and thus a wider area to seek employment and
cultural enrichment. Therefore, I think language plays a major role in my life and it also
gives me the chance to have a more extensive vision of the world.
When contemplating language, I can’t leave out the person whose words have
inspired me the most. Although he passed away, Tupac Shakur’s poems and song lyrics
still live in me. His unique way of rapping about real life situations really caught my ear
since the first time I heard him. Even though many people thought Tupac’s lyrics were
dark and inappropriate, I think it was absolutely necessary for a man, who had such a
disturbing adolescence, be able to share his problems with the rest of the world. Tupac
clearly wrote lyrics that I could relate to in one way or another. I have to admit that he
might have said them in an offensive way, but in today’s society, people are entitled to say,
think, and believe in what they feel strongly about.
Finally, I can say many things about language mainly because it is important and it
allows us to not only express ourselves clearly, but to influence the way other people think.
For this reason, I think knowing a second language enhances the quality of life. Not only
do we gain a better understanding of who we are, but we also have a broader access to
other cultures. Due to the many experiences I have had with language, I think I have
learned to appreciate the fact that I can speak, read, and write. I also have to give credit to
my favorite song writer and poet, Tupac Shakur, whose words of wisdom have inspired me
and many of today’s youth.
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