https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

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!

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.

May 3, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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).

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

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!

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

I suppose it is dipping your big toe in it as opposed to actually living in it--immersion.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

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

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bocajmil

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

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

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

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

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

June 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bocajmil

Why not? Do you want to write a book about this? There are many books about you can start reading tho.

June 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

Are there any websites devoted to this?

June 22, 2017
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