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Why is pragmatics essential for foreign language Learners?


  • Pongthep Bunrueng Chinese and English for Communication Program, Loei Rajabhat University


Pragmatics considers language as an instrument of interaction, what people mean when they use language and how they communicate and understand each other. It is the study of meaning in the interactional context that looks beyond the literal meaning of an utterance and considers how meaning is constructed together with focusing on implied meanings. This tool for social influence plays a vital role for L2 learners to understand the intended meaning of utterances in a particular context. If without this knowledge, L2 learners might fail to understand a conversation produced by native speakers.


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Bunrueng, P. (2020). Why is pragmatics essential for foreign language Learners?. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Loei Rajabhat University, 2(2), 7–17. Retrieved from