The 21st-Century connected lifestyle is increasingly global and multicultural, which means that communications come in many languages. There is great value in learning a second or third language, though sometimes this is not possible in a formal school setting. When social media connects us so intimately, it seems natural that we can learn some language from native speakers around the globe. But in the United States, there is some debate on whether we should always speak English or should we celebrate language diversity.
Is all communication spoken? What happens to language skills in the era of WhatsApp and iMessage? Are emoji for kids or can adults use them too? It is fascinating to hear and read people express themselves in diverse ways, and we hope that the language lover in you enjoys these voices as much as we do.
People everywhere, like you and I, carry within us a treasure house of wisdom, intelligence and nuance — most times unarticulated, unspoken — which we acquire as a result of our natural, day-to-day life, as well as from the cultures around us. Riffiti is designed to tease out this wisdom from large populations with the aid of questions. Each of these questions is followed by a rich Riffstream of voices from all over.
Besides being able to fit in when traveling, what are the benefits to learning another language? For Riffiti users from around the globe, being able to communicate in English, especially with native English speakers may give them invaluable practice at a marketable skill. For English speakers, stretching your language abilities might just end up helping you communicate better in your own language.
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