Duolingo--bringing the world together--connecting nations--removing barriers of language
Today I watched a Japanese ship set sail to protect the U.S. and I realized with Duolingo the world is no longer divided by language. Occident and Orient are connected. Humanity understands humanity.
I can easily learn Japanese if I want to. I don't need money. I don't need a classroom. I don't need to sit through hours of lessons to grasp it. I don't need a huge amount of time, a massive amount of effort and a bunch of books!
All I need is myself, a laptop and a connection to the internet. I can learn from anywhere in the world at anytime. Duolingo lets me pace my lessons at my speed however fast, slow, intense or lazy I wish to be.
Barriers are broken down. Japanese is not some foreign language somewhat unattainable. Japanese are not some foreign people who are not understandable. I am free to connect, communicate, learn a "foreign" language.
In learning their language, I connect with them as people. I have an appreciation of them. They are longer foreigners.
Opening the gateway of language, opens the gateway to grasping another way of life. Understanding another culture. No longer does language confine science, culture, music, art, knowledge, experiences and relationships. The world is the limit.
Opening the gateway of language, closes the gateway of prejudice. Shines a light at the end of racism. Makes us one world, of many peoples, but all of us, a unique part of humanity.
Thank-you Duolingo, the staff, moderators, volunteers and community!
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No, I'm not learning Japanese, but Duolingo puts it within easy reach. I am learning other languages and I will be able to read, watch, listen and converse in them.
What you said is very true. Were Duolingo just the lessons though, it wouldn't let you become immersed. But with discussion you can talk to native speakers. You're right about Japanese (or any language,) within less than a week I could do some basic communication, hopefully enough to get by.
Didn't know the west is also called Occident. Anyway, I couldn't agree more! Especially in the dark time we're living in now. I'd like to add even if you learn Japanese you'd have a hard time understand their subtleties and nuances as they are a high-content culture. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-_and_low-context_cultures