The Positive Side of Untranslatability and Unique Expressive Powers of Languages


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People usually think of untranslatability in negative terms, it is considered an obstacle to understanding and communication between speakers of different languages. While it is true, it has a positive side as well: it proves that benefits of learning other languages are not limited to being able to communicate in a different language and gain access to other cultures, but they also include gaining more expressive power in absolute terms and being able to express completely new thoughts and ideas or familiar ideas, but in completely new and unique ways which are impossible in your native language (or in other languages that you speak). It is also good for preservation of languages, because it helps speakers of large and established languages understand that “small” languages are also important and that if they become extinct, humanity will permanently lose some of its heritage and expressive power.

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Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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