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April 10, 2018
Learning New Language, Is It a Need or a Desire? - The Story
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Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!

On Sunday, 25 March 2018 Polyglot Indonesia Banda Aceh Chapter conducted a regular meetup titled “Learning New Language, Is It a Need or a Desire?” held in Blang Padang Square, Banda Aceh. The title is chosen due to the high interest of young millennials in mastering foreign languages. As usual, the meetup started with a group discussion in which participants were divided according to the language they chose to practice. This time, we had three language groups: Japanese Group, Korean Group, and English Group. Around 20 people participated in this meetup, which comprised of a mix between new faces and regular participants.

Talking about the topic, “need” refers to a necessity that has to be fulfilled, e.g. a requirement to study abroad, while “desire” refers to something you want to do without any specific goal, out of curiosity and because it is fun. Participants were tasked to choose which of the two words would best describe their intention of learning a new language. After the first session, a representative from each group shared the result of their discussion.

Some participants described their reason as “need”. They identify themselves with it because they are currently setting a goal to study abroad, which necessitates an excellent command in English proven by TOEFL or IELTS score. Even if the destination country is not a place which requires them to have a TOEFL or IELTS score, they still have to be able to communicate in English to survive, at the very least.

Although a lot of participants identify with “need”, others felt that their reason is more closely related to “desire”. Why? Among others, they learn the language because they are interested in the culture. They are willing to hone their communication skills in order to understand it. Last, although there were not many, there are participants who felt that their reason is a combination between “need” and “desire”. They explained that if one does not have the “desire” then there will be no deeper commitment in learning, despite the “need”.

After the presentation, the meetup concluded with group photo and an announcement on the next Polyglot Indonesia Banda Aceh Chapter’s activity. See you again on our meetup in Banda Aceh!

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