Language As A Teaching Tool

- Many students find numbers and symbols confusing, and using a familiar language to describe an equation makes the subject easy to understand.
- Solving word problems, where nouns, verbs and modifiers are translated into mathematical equations is a good exercise.
- As mathematics is universal, it helps people learn and communicate by acting as a common translator language.

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**Nouns** in math are the Arabic numerals, fractions, variables, expressions, figures, infinity, Pi and imaginary numbers like *i*.

The **verbs** of math are equalities and inequalities, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and many other operatives like Sin, Cos, Tan etc.

The rules of mathematics, like syntax and grammar, are international, with the same structure used universally. Greek and Latin languages are used to denote the various symbols.

- According to Galileo Galilei, mathematics is the language in which God scripted the universe.
- A language, as defined by linguist Noam Chomsky, is a set of sentences constructed using a finite set of elements, being able to represent events and abstract concepts.
- Mathematics is considered a bona-fide language by many linguists though there are others who disagree and say that it is mostly in written format only.

- A language normally contains vocabulary, meaning, grammer, syntax, narrative and a set of people who use and understand the various symbols.
- The syntax, vocabulary and grammar of mathematics forms a system of communication which any language must have to qualify as one.
- It is considered by many as a universal language as it meets all criteria and requirements of the same.

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Math is often seen as something you get or you don't. Most of us sit in class feeling like we don't. **The fault is not with the subject itself** but rather **with the way we teach it.** Mathematician Paul Lockhart wrote a 25-page essay titled *"A Mathematician's Lament"*, wherein he states that **students who feel that their mathematics classes are boring are right.**

**The true nature of math is art**. Unfortunately, we wrongly teach it in a way that would just as easily ruin any other art.

Research shows that children are proficient at learning a second language up until the age of 18, roughly ten years later than earlier estimates. It also shows that it is best to start another language by age ten if you want to achieve the grammatical ability of a native speaker.

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Though it may not seem plausible, basic communication of a new foreign language can be mastered in weeks. Learning a non-native language can be sped up by compiling a script for responding to queries from strangers, and then organically working oneself up from there. Phrasebooks and online tools/apps are useful in this early stage.

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