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Learning a Language is Too Expensive!

Myth #5: It’s too expensive to learn a new language, I can’t afford it! Truth: It doesn’t have to be expensive! There are ways to learn new languages that are very inexpensive. Please do not use money as an excuse for not learning a new language. Years ago, when we

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Myth #4 “I’m not smart enough.”

Myth #4. I’m not smart enough to learn a new language. Truth: Yes, you are! Many adults feel that they are not smart enough to learn a new language. Although it takes a lot of hard work, most adults (even with learning disabilities) can pursue and learn new languages as

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Language Learning Myth #3

Myth: There’s a magic resource: a certain book, a certain CD, by “immersion only” or only with a “native speaker” to really learn the new language. Truth: Buying a particular book or CD (or any particular resource) doesn’t ensure that I’ll learn a new language! There is NO magic pill!

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Thoughts on Culture

Motivation Needed!

One of the four capabilities of the CQ© Model of the Cultural Intelligence Center is what they refer to as CQ Drive. They define this as “the level of interest, drive, and motivation to adapt Interculturally.” The idea behind CQ Drive is that if a person does not have an

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Language Myth #2

Myth #2: It should be EASY to learn a new language! If it’s hard, then something’s wrong. Truth: It’s HARD work to learn a new language. It is NOT easy! You’ve been lied to by commercial vendors and programs that want to make a quick buck when they say that

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Thoughts on Culture

Exposure vs. Engagement

It only takes some exposure to get a virus like COVID-19. Unfortunately, understanding culture is not so easily transmitted! It is a myth that mere exposure to other cultures means that a person can relate well to people of other cultures. Mere exposure may even cause you to formulate more

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Language Myth #1

Let’s talk about some myths associated with language learning. There are many myths and false beliefs about learning new languages that may cause adult learners to quit studying their new language. Why do they stop studying before attaining their language goals? Myth #1: I can learn a new language fast!

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Thoughts on Culture

Start with Why

Why do you want to learn about other cultures and how they function? Is it curiosity? Do you know someone you would like to understand better? Do you live among or want to help people of other ethnic backgrounds? Would it make you more effective at work? The “why” of

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Culture and Decision-Making

People in individualistic countries believe that a person thrives when they have the ability to make decisions, especially when the decision personally affects them. But that is not true in some collectivistic societies, where others (normally family) may play a major role in decision making. For example, the concept of

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Language come from People

Ralph Waldo Emerson is attributed to saying, “Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” Living languages aren’t something established by linguistic authorities. Although rules and norms are established by such institutions, languages are built by the people who use them. Language is

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Stereotypes

Negative stereotypes can be very misleading and erroneous. • India is home to more than 2,000 different ethnic groups that share the national identity of being “Indian.” • In the United States, it is not uncommon for a larger city to be home to people from 100 or even 150+

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World Englishes

Today, English is considered one of the most pervasive languages in the world. It has a wide range of native speakers and non-native speakers scattered throughout the continents, and it is often used to communicate as a shared language, or “lingua franca”, in universities, businesses, and governments. What do you

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Subcultures

All Brazilians, Indians, Malaysians, (place your nationality here) are not the same! The Oxford Dictionary defines an ethnic group as “A community or population made up of people who share a common cultural background or descent.” Most nations are not made up of one culture, but are comprised of multiple

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Take Action!

Edward Finegan, in his book “Language: Its Structure and Use”, begins to defend the idea that language is more than merely communication. He states, “Language is social action, with work to perform. It is a system that speakers, writers, and signers exploit purposefully. It is used to do things, not

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Thoughts on Culture

To Ask or Not to Ask

In some cultures, if a supervisor asks his/her subordinates their opinion on how to solve a problem, the supervisor would be considered a bad leader. In other cultures, the same person would be considered a bad leader if he/she did NOT ask their opinion on how to solve a problem.

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Tenacity in Language Learning

Persistence is important to language learning. Sometimes, learning comes easy, and we feel like we can do it all day. At other times, studying a language may be the last thing we want to do for 100 different reasons (or excuses). Louis Pasteur once said, “Let me tell you the

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Ethnocentrism I

Ethnocentrism is the tendency to view our own culture favorably and another culture negatively. Exposure to another culture many times creates a higher degree of anxiety and negative attitudes towards that culture until we learn how to understand and appreciate the other culture.  The Culture Course being developed will help

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Learn a Second Language!

Geoffrey Willans, a British author and journalist, once said, “You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” Learning a language can help broaden your understanding and see how your own language works better! It can open up opportunities and draw you closer to people who are

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