Most people who grow up with a foreign language spoken in there house grow up with an advantage in society. This advantage can only occur once the individual learning that foreign language also learns the dominant language spoken in that country. Once both of these languages are learned and mastered, the individual has now placed them se...
My parents did everything they knew to help my sister and I learn and respect our Mexican culture. Born into American culture but raised by Hispanic parents, often was difficult for me. Since I was little I had to manage and balance two very different cultures at the same time. There were many times while growing up that I encountered complex situations in regards to language, whether to speak Spanish or English and when it was appropriate. I felt a lot of pressure having to act as an interpreter for my parents when we were out in public. At home I was told to speak Spanish so I would not forget, but at school I was taught to only speak English with my teachers and friends. However, when we would go visit family in Mexico, I was expected to only speak in Spanish, since speaking in English in front of family members who only spoke Spanish was seen as disrespectful. So learning two languages has been very beneficial to my life and for my family. By
...nd how when I was really young I used to play football. Then during practice I got to meet a bunch of other kids as well. In my hometown we had a lot of people from Mexico and I got to know a lot of them while playing the sport. We ended up becoming really good friends during our course of playing and outside of school. I believe that if I would not have been in this sport I would have not met them. I am really glad I got to meet them and experience some of their culture by becoming close with them.
In conclusion, my recently experience was when my family and me decides to moved to the United States. It was a tremendous change moved to another country. Moving to another country is giving us an opportunity about different language, meet new people, better jobs and great education. This experience maybe was harmful and difficult for all the family, but if we moved for better life, it could be an excellent opportunity for our future. To sum up, now we enjoying living here, my parents have a good job and my brothers and me study at great school.
From my standpoint person-to-person exchanges are the most effective means for building democracy, mutual understanding,
Joseph Jacotot was forced into exile due to the returns of Bourbons, He then got a job of teaching French and students enjoyed his lessons even though he knew no Flemish, he knew no common language as to teach them and make them understand but he was willing to respond to their wishes. At the later stage a bilingual French literature text book “Telemaque” was published to make the students learning much better. Students had to relating the French they did not know to the Flemish they knew, and report back to him on their progress. Jacotot thought about the way we learn language as preschoolers. Preschoolers "They hear and retain, imitate and repeat, make mistakes and correct themselves, succeed by chance and begin again methodically, and, at too young an age for an explicator to begin instructing them, they are almost all regardless of gender, social condition, and s...
I can relate to this quote too, but because of Spanish as opposed to French. I would always get extremely nervous whenever I had speaking tests or oral presentations in my Spanish classes throughout high school because I knew others would perform better than me. This also relates to the article that discusses language anxiety. It mentions that the fear of peers’ opinions and making mistakes is enough to prevent someone from practicing their second language. Unfortunately, language anxiety, at different degrees for each learner, seems to be very prevalent and discouraging.
My new favorite phrase became: “¿Qué quiere decir esta palabra? (What does this word mean?)” I became so absorbed in my studies and made so much progress with the language that by the end of the year, I was allowed to skip Spanish Two and Three; I decided to fill the hole this created in my schedule with French—a language I quickly came to love. After a year of French, it was obvious to me that I had to try and learn as many languages as possible.
Looking back at my experiences in France, I realize just how different our two cultures are. Furthermore, I found it very interesting how, after reading the text, both my parents, one being from France and the other from the United States, reflect the cultural values of their country to a tee. For example, my father has always been the authoritarian parent and my mother the authoritative. French fathers were described in the text as being an "in-control" type parent and using "direct-punishment". He was the strict parent, and my mother, who practiced the typical parenting style used in the United States (authoritative), used a more balanced approach. I would have to say that having both styles of parenting during my childhood had positive as well as negative aspects to it. As described in the text, I did indeed experience more anxiety and withdrawal perhaps due to my fathers authoritarian parenting. However, the positive aspects were that I did well in school and had the utmost respect for my father. I was taught to respect and even if it was out of fear, it worked.
Have you stayed in other countries or met the people who have different cultures from yours? Yes, I have. I stayed in England for a year, and I have been living in the U.S for seven months. I went to two different English schools when I was in England. All students were of course from outside of England. Most of them were from Europe which is Spain, Italy and so on. Others were from the Far East like Korea, Thailand and Japan. I even met a few people who are sons of millionaires from East Asia such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan. When I was in Chicago, I met people who were from Korea, China and Mexico. As you know, I met English and American people as well. I also made friends who were from other countries like Argentina, Brazil and all over the world. In addition, I experienced and learned lots of things from their cultures. Some cultures are totally different from my culture. They sometimes made me surprised, and I realize that I will never get accustomed to them. On the other hand, the other cultures are very important for everyone to understand. To meet many people and to experience different cultures is how my life and my way of thinking have greatly changed. I think you might feel like traveling other countries!