Thought of the day

Language and culture are inseparable.
It is impossible to truly understand a culture if you cannot understand their language. Conversely, the best way to understand a culture is to

learn the language spoken by members

of that culture.

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Kenneth is Director of Euroasia. He is passionate about languages and cultures.

1 Comment

  1. Ruby says:

    Yes, it is very true.
    Language is a essential condition for facilitating the understanding of a culture.

    In addition, in order to understand truly one culture, it may be neccessary to engage in that culture since there may be a hidden meaning beyond the translation of the language.

    For instance, when a employee gets sick at work, a Japanese employer says that ‘you should not work too hard and take care of yourself’ (Muri shi naide ii yo). However, in fact, it is expected that the employee should not go home or take day-off, but to complete his or her own responsibility at work.
    Kind regards

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