The language of the country I live in is the key to integration.
If I make it possible for the other person who is learning my mother tongue to learn it, I am at the same time giving him the opportunity to integrate. By trying to make it easy for him, by immediately switching to English, I DENY him both opportunities.
The foreign language gives us the opportunity to integrate and to express ourselves differently and in a new way and thus to see things in a new and different way and perhaps allows us a different view on and about OURSELF.
How do we want to get to know new things if we always see them through the glasses of our mother tongue or through those of English?
What can we express through the foreign language that we do not express or express differently in our mother tongue? It would be exciting to have this experience, wouldn’t it?