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Why Swearing is Essential in Learning a Foreign Language

When learning a foreign language, one should also learn swearing?



Foul language is commonly kept at bay and considered a taboo among the society. If you look at most language learning curriculums, swear words are not easily found. In fact, some of them are not even found in any of their dictionaries, despite being a critical element in day-to-day speech.
Albeit, it’s difficult to point a finger at anyone for this status quo, it is highly unlikely that people would attend a school where you have to repeat after the teacher learning a curse word. As it seems, obscene language is doomed to the shadows of language learning curriculums. Luckily, curiosity is human nature and as it is always said, the forbidden fruit amuses your intelligence.
For obvious reasons, swearing isn't something to be proud of or to be taught to young minds. But it is a huge part of language fluency and verbal communication. Not to mention the connection with sex and sex-related words: in this case, there are a lot of instances where swearing is more of a culture thing, and may be relevant and important in movies (especially the x-rated ones) or immagine how much important swearing can be in such businesses as, for instance, the phone sex industry, where the foul language is the core of this service. How you swear is determined by your colloquial settings, i.e., among friends and family. Despite its vulgar nature, swearing is essential for you to become fluent and master a foreign language.
Foul language is usually characterized by strong and intense emotions, and what an ideal way to learn a new language and memorize vocabulary faster?
But first, let’s delve deeper into the benefits of learning obscenity in language.
Why Learning to Swear in a New Language is Important

You don’t make inappropriate mistakes

Words are formulated in our brains and uttered in our mouths. There is a fine line between these two instances. Have you ever noticed some words when pronounced wrongly are similar to some curse words? Well, learning to curse first will prevent you from making such errors. The line between saying the word you intend to say and the one you really utter might be very thin.
Swearing is offensive by social nature, and if some innocent words come out as curse words, some people might not be easily forgiving. Using the right word and pronouncing it wrong can brew you some trouble.

• Swearing makes communication easier

Imagine hitting your elbow on the edge of a table, or knocking your head over the top cupboard. It wouldn't quite fit the bill to say “oh, it hurts and I’m in so much pain right now!” the most common verbal reflex would be some curse word simply because you are experiencing an intense feeling of pain. Such feelings can be effectively emphasized through swear words. As such curse words have been shown to reduce the intensity of pain and reduce stress.

• It’s fun to Curse!

Hearing someone curse in a foreign language with their native accent can crack a rib or two.

• Cursing Promotes Understanding of the foreign language, its people, and culture as a whole

In learning a foreign language, cursing gives you a context in which it revolves around. For instance, when you taste a different food for the first time and decide to describe it with a curse word, you’ll be able to apply it in a different context that how you would curse when something displeases you, or when you get hurt. The setting of language use becomes clear and easier.

• Swearing boosts your memory

Since swearing is characterized by intense emotions, it carries with it a colossal emotional load. The amygdala, a region in the brain which processes emotion and memory becomes highly active during swearing scenarios. Frequent swearing, however, decreases its activity, which is why with time, people don’t seem to be disturbed by foul language.


Scientific research supports the proposition that cursing is intrinsically good and appeals to some people depending on the context. This is unclear since it’s a psychological matter but there is nothing more fun than authoritative science personnel telling us it is okay to break certain social regulations.
Research has also linked cursing to people being more honest, credible and having a better understanding of a foreign language. It also improves our relationship with our peers and helps us process and handle intense emotions.