What Language Is to Me


Ethan Skowronski

I have very little experience with spoken languages other than English. I only know the little that school has taught me. There hasn’t been a need for me to learn another language because everyone I know speaks English, and I’m not going to come across someone who doesn’t know how to speak English in the United States. The only languages I care about are computer languages.

I learned French and Spanish in school. I learned Spanish when I was in 4th grade, and I only know how to count to ten. Then, for the next several years in school, I learned French. The French that I learned in school are how to say hello and count to twenty. 

My home language is English, so the only language that I can speak fluently in is English. To me, all other languages seem boring, and I have no interest in learning them. The future will hold more fluent translator apps that I could use if I want to communicate with people who don’t speak English. However, they’ll probably be flawed due to lacking certain dialects (imagine C3-P0 trying to talk to Ewoks). Also, although I speak differently to my family than I do to my friends, it’s not that noticeable. 

Computer languages are what I can speak. These languages are complex but straightforward. There are conditions, variables, and definitions that all make sense to my mind. But in spoken languages, the conditions, variables, and definitions can change over time and mean different things. Computer languages are all different in what they can do and how they do it, so if you learn one language it doesn’t mean that you know every language inside out. Another great thing about computer science is that if you don’t know what is going on, you could just google it (the best sites are stackoverflow.com and w3schools.com). But if you try to google other languages, the same word could mean different things or be a part of a different dialect, so a translator wouldn’t be reliable.

Because I have very little experience with other languages, it’s hard for me to understand what people are saying if they aren’t speaking English. I should try to learn different languages, but I just don’t want to. That is why I like to pay more attention to computer languages: because they are straightforward.