BENGALURU: A one-day International Language Fair was held in the city on Sunday. Organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Bangalore University, the fair aimed to showcase the best of all the foreign languages taught at the u.
Eric Lavertu, Consul General, French Consulate, Bengaluru, underlined the importance of mastering foreign languages. “English is not the only language spoken in the world. There are French, German, Japanese and many others. Hence, it is important that one masters different foreign languages,” he said.
Andrea Christ, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany, Bengaluru, concurred with him, quoting German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein when she said, ‘The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.’
Kyoko Ogawa, Japanese Language Adviser (South India), Japan Foundation, was also present. Lauding the efforts of the university in bringing Japanese to fore with its various certificate, diploma and PG courses, she said steps should be taken to introduce specialisations for a deeper understanding of the language.
“In India, more and more students are learning Japanese is in South India. The demand now is for people who can work as interpreters and teachers,” Ogawa said.