International education and travel related links, photos, quotes and pieces of interest.
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I learned all kinds of vocabulary in French and then had to learn the English translation when I got back! Has this happened to you?
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Family Guy - Speaking Italian (by huluDotCom)
Important information for anyone planning to go to Italy: You can’t speak Italian just because you have a moustache.
What are your favorite words in foreign languages?
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No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby-so helpless and so ridiculous.
Pants vs. suspenders (US/UK) as modeled by Captain Jack Harkness
Americans often assume there won’t be a cultural/language barrier if they study abroad in the UK!
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Learning the pleasantries “hello”, “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me” and “goodbye” in the languages of the places you travel to can make a big difference in the way you’re treated (and apparently the way you’re charged). Here’s a website that tells how to say “please” in many different languages.
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
It is necessary, especially for Americans, to see other lands and experience other cultures. The American, living in this vast country and able to traverse three thousand miles east to west using the same language, needs to hear languages as they collide in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
A tourist, browsing in a Paris shop, eating in an Italian ristorante, or idling along a Hong Kong street, will encounter three or four languages as she negotiates the buying of a blouse, the paying of a check, or the choosing of a trinket. I do not mean to suggest that simply overhearing a foreign tongue adds to one’s understanding of that language. I do know, however, that being exposed to the existence of other languages increases the perception that the world is populated by people who not only speak differently from oneself but whose cultures and philosophies are other than one’s own.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.
…by all means, have your kids dive into the glamorous world of Mandarin. But don’t forget the language that will likely be far more important in their lives: el idioma mas importante es Espanol!
Nicholas Kristof (on the importance of learning languages)
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