Lingvo Cultural Studies

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Mari Kandalyan
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There are over 4000 languages in the world. A language counts as ‘living’ as long as there are native speakers alive who use it. Each language represents the culture of its speakers. By learning a new language you can learn about the history and character of its speakers. But what would the world be like if there was only one global language? In this case there would be no cultural diversity between people. Verbal understanding would be better, but the diversification of ideas would cease. While it seems like it would be nice to have a common international language that everyone could use, language is almost always linked to culture, and different dialects of the world language would certainly develop. This is already happening to English, where speakers from England or the US would have a very hard time understanding what they say in Singapore, even though they are speaking English. The variation of languages is thus very important. The number of languages grows as they continue to be discovered in the unexplored regions of the world. A language is considered to be nearly extinct when it is spoken by only a few elderly native speakers. It is the responsibility of ever parent to teach their children their native language in order to preserve their roots and cultural identity.
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It is not as easy to adjust to life abroad as it may seem. When expats tread on unfamiliar ground, they tend to stick to what is familiar. Thus, many expatriates never make the transition from expat to compatriot. After all, becoming a part of the local culture is probably the hardest part of life abroad. However, in order to get the most out of your expat experience, you need to break out of your comfort zone after a while and try to immerse yourself in the local culture. Living in a foreign country can then become a truly life-altering experience. There is also a need to understand the customs and habits of your host

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