Does the incorporation of foreign words enrich a language?

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Avatar do usuário Flavia.lm 3845 1 9 85
Question: Does the incorporation of foreign words enrich a language?


It does. In fact, it has always been a dynamic exchange. Portuguese has much influence from French, but has also influenced many other languages. New technology terms are created on a daily basis, and they are spread so fast around the globe that we don’t even have time to translate them. Information in general flow so fast that new words and idioms are incorporated to people’s vocabulary with the snap of a finger. We just have to be sensible and remember that there’s no reason to say “bowl” instead of “tijela”. We still have to value our own culture and language!

Now it’s your turn.
Avatar do usuário Flavia.lm 3845 1 9 85
Very interesting article about this issue:

I take the liberty of quoting Marcelo Rubens Paiva:

"Wonderful, mammy. São Paulo é show. Estou com meus brothers num shopping que é o must. Assim de teen com sex appeal. Assim de sales: 15% off, em média.

Dizem que é por causa do crash do stock market de Hong Kong. Sabe como é: os comunistas não têm know-how para free market..
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Avatar do usuário Dude Spell 135 2
I believe so. Not only enriches the language itself, but enriches the one that learns new concepts by learning a new word or expression.

"Brainstorm", "know-how", "charm", "sex appeal", "cover", "home theater", "download", "self-service" are few examples of new concepts spread out all over the country.

I remember the first time I saw the word "brainstorm", I was like: "wow, that's great!"; since then that technique is part of my life.
I think it's just something normal and necessary.There's no way to avoid the fact that some words will be taken from other languages.It's much better then create another word just for this case.It's much more interesting use words from other language to something that we don't have named yet.
Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12290 1 21 206
For what it seems worth, some of you may have heard utterances such as "O computador não quer 'startar'", "O software não tá 'backupeando'" some of the time. Not so curiously enough, some of these utterances found their way into, or forcefully ended up in, in the majority of the Brazilian Portuguese dictionaries.

No matter what I say, foreign words may (indeed) enrich a language, but we speech users should carefully employ them, lest we start massacring our own mother tongue.
Hi, I'm new here and this is my first conttribution. I think there is just one situation we can consider the incorporation of foreign words enrich our language: when there is no word to express an specific meaning. We don't have any reason to say deletar instead "apagar", "dar" boot instead "reiniciar" and so on. We must remember the language is a strong mean of culture spreading and domination. Let's make the question in another way: how many portuguese words are incorporated to the english language spoken in USA? I'm sure there aren't so much, pearhaps no one! Otherwise do we have to agree with the idea of language enrichment just make sense to portuguese one? Liisten, I'm not a stupid anti-USA man and I'm so sorry if I make someone understand this way. I'm just a "pró-portuguese" (can I say that?) speaker trying to learn to speak english.
If I write something wrong or if you don'n agree with me please let me know.
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Avatar do usuário felipeh6 2160 7 52
Yes, it does. Nowadays, in this global way we are living, all languages are "suffering" some influence and becoming "enriched" :!: :?: :idea:
Of course, foreign words help us developing our communication, it improves our vocabulary and our language gets richer.

So it's very important.
Avatar do usuário ernando 10
It's always good to receive new words and adapt them to our usage, and our grammar, for example I love to write words like "deletar" and "laser" that derives from Engglish. But some people use other languages' words exceedingly, it seems like the foreign culture is better than ours, and it's not true! There aren't better cultures in the world, just different cultures.
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