https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle

Duolingo--bringing the world together--connecting nations--removing barriers of language

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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!

Yes, I like to write.

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.

1 year ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

The best way to learn another culture is to learn the language. Culture and language go hand-in-hand.

No, I'm not learning Japanese

I am, and I absolutely love it, so I think you should give it a try when it's released later this month (of course, that's your decision).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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By learning a language you begin to be immersed in culture. Just my thoughts. I'm a beginner at this!

That's great! Thank-you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Hmm, I wouldn't say you're immersed, but you're definitely exposed to it. For immersion, I think you actually have to go to wherever place speaks the language and practices the culture.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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I suppose it is dipping your big toe in it as opposed to actually living in it--immersion.

1 year ago

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Duolingo is also a spiderweb of connection of people from all over the world interacting with each other from all different languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

I suppose you're right.

On the couch, in your underwear, you can easily learn cultures.

I had to go find the groups, immerse myself in their knowledge and cultures. Hit the library. Find clubs and societies with similar interests. Learn to get along. Manners. To say yes sir no sir. To find people I admire and why, to befriend them. To be them.

But I suppose you're right.

I escaped a big city to live in a small suburb because the closer we are the more far apart we become.

Ethnocentrism, the clash of cultures.

But I suppose you're right.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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I was thinking the idioms and expression of a language reflect the thinking of the people but of course culture is a lot more than that and there's nothing like the real thing out in the real world.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bocajmil
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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

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Interesting! Sounds like you'd need someone to teach you a lot of things!

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Do you think someone could write about the different forms of communication these different culture contexts generate?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bocajmil
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Why not? Do you want to write a book about this? There are many books about you can start reading tho.

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Are there any websites devoted to this?

1 year ago
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