Edward Finegan, in his book “Language: Its Structure and Use”, begins to defend the idea that language is more than merely communication. He states, “Language is social action, with work to perform. It is a system that speakers, writers, and signers exploit purposefully. It is used to do things, not just report them or describe them or discuss them.”
Words matter. When learning a new language, we can set goals to accomplish or do something. Learning a language is not learning to passively coast through an unknown culture. Learning a language is an intentional, continuous decision to communicate and act within a culture.
Take action! Learn a language!