chill out wrote:hi there,
It has been said that learning a second language is a ' master key ' for learning a second culture. Based on your experience, What do you think? Is it true that learning a second language means learning a new culture? If yes, what are those experiences you went through? Do you have any specific experience that proves the given idea?
Waiting to read your comments ..
I sure think that learning a second language is learning about a new culture.
I speak Dutch, German, French, Italian and English, but it is very difficult to point out in which class or sub category a person belongs when you don’t speak the language fluently. Every sub category or subculture uses its own language. Some words are only used in the lower classes and others only in the higher classes even the pronunciation differs.
E.g. once I had an Italian boyfriend, but I was very worried about the fact that he might be in a very different sub culture than I thought he was, just because I couldn’t understand him very well. Maybe he was swearing all the time or using bad language without me knowing it.
Dutch is my mother tongue and I can point out immediately to which sub culture a person belongs, as this is my cultural background. Therefore culture and language are strongly linked together and cannot be seen as separated entities to my point of view.
I hope my reply is useful to you.
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