Why Are Many People Resistant to Other Languages?

  • Michael Kelly


This chapter looks at some of the main factors that affect people’s attitudes and suggest that there are reasons for people being resistant to other languages. We are far from being the only country that has this problem, so it is not just a matter of British cussedness. Languages are risky and challenging because they are inseparable from how we communicate, how we live and who we are. It examines the role of languages in communication, in understanding culture and in expressing identity. It argues that the challenges are more than matched by the benefits of persevering with languages. It can make you a better all-round communicator and give you surprising insights into your own culture. You may feel personally exposed, but if you step into the world of other languages and cultures you will expand your own repertoire and grow as a person.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Kelly
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  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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