- For Teachers
It has been said that learning a second language is a ' master key ' for learning a second culture. Based on your experience of learning English, What do you think? Is it true that learning a second language means learning a new culture? If yes, what are those experiences you went through? Do you have any specific experience that proves the given idea?
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This does not have to be so when one only studies the language, because some languages are spoken in so many areas that you cannot choose just one country's culture. For me, language and culture are two completely different things, because you will be understood if you speak the language, and people won't ask you to repeat what you're saying if you know absolutely nothing about cultures. So getting to know the country's style of living, etcetra, is not essential.
Sometimes, however, knowledge of a culture comes with the study of a language. It really depends on what aspect of the language you're interested in. If I just want to communicate I'm fine without knowledge of the culture, but if I, for example, want to study the history of a language, it's important to know why, when and how a language changed to completely understand it. That's when you need to know stuff about the culture.
It also depends how m uch you study the languge; if you learn survival language, you won't pick up that much of the culture.
Sure!!!!!learning a second language means learning a new culture
for me I think that is learning a second language implies some degree of learning a second culture. Now, if someone, who has no idea about English, went to a country where English is a main language, he will not be able to live in that country and definitely will never pass the culture shock easily.But, if he has some knowledge about language then he will be stong enough to get over culture shock and aquire a new culture, so simply language means culture.
thanks for your participation.
I don´t think I have many things to share, but I do think learning a second language means learning a new culture, because this allows you get more knowledgements about the world. If you travel abroad it'll be easy to get in contact with the local people and you'll be sure of what to do or don't.
Arunp's remarks are based on his experiences, and certainly many people take English as something to enhance their career prospects, but as I have already mentioned somewhere-else in these forums that English has become a part and parcel of India. There are so many Newspapers and journals and TV channels which are being solely run in English. There is a very huge population of English speaking population in India.(Those IT and BPO companies would collapse, it there were no English speaking people).
And certainly English has brought India closer to American and British and other English speaking countries like Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand closer to India and their culture has also had its effect on Indian life-style.
Certainly in India's economic and cultural progress English has played a big role.
P.S. : There are many writers in India which we have discussed earlier in other forums(I just wish to add Dom Morris, which I forgot earlier, whom I had met years ago as a young kid)