Iilwimi ezininzi kukusetyenziswa kolwimi olungaphezulu kwesinye, nokuba sisithethi okanye liqela lezithethi. Kukholelwa ukuba abantu abathetha iilwimi ezininzi bodlula abathetha ulwimi olunye kubemi behlabathi . [1] Ngaphezu kwesiqingatha sabo bonke abemi baseYurophu bathi bathetha olunye ulwimi ngaphandle kolwimi lwabo lweenkobe ; [2] kodwa abaninzi bafunda kwaye babhale ngolwimi olunye. Ukuthethwa kweelwimi ezininzi kuluncedo kubantu abafuna ukuthatha inxaxheba kurhwebo, umanyano lwamazwe ngamazwe kunye nokuvuleleka kwenkcubeko. [3] Ngenxa yokufikelela lula kulwazi oluququzelelwa yi-Intanethi, ukutyhileka komntu ngamnye kwiilwimi ezininzi kuye kwenzeka ngakumbi. Abantu abathetha iilwimi ezininzi bakwabizwa ngokuba zii-polyglots .[4]

Abantu abathetha iilwimi ezininzi baye bafunda kwaye bagcina ulwimi olunye ebuntwaneni, oko kubizwa ngokuba lulwimi lokuqala (L1). Ulwimi lokuqala (maxa wambi lukwabizwa ngokuba lulwimi lweenkobe) ludla ngokufunyanwa ngaphandle kwemfundo esesikweni, ngeendlela apho abaphengululi bangavumelaniyo. [5] Abantwana abafunda iilwimi ezimbini zomthonyama kule minyaka yokuqala babizwa ngokuba ziilwimi ezimbini ezidityanisiweyo . Kuqhelekile ukuba abantu abancinci abathetha iilwimi ezimbini ngaxeshanye babe nobuchule ngakumbi kolunye ulwimi kunolunye.

Abantu abathetha ngaphezu kolwimi olunye kuxelwe ukuba banobuchule bokufunda ulwimi xa kuthelekiswa nolwimi olunye.

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