Thursday, 26 July 2012
Culture and language are inseparable. To truly speak like a Japanese person, a native speaker of Spanish, a French person, a Russian, one has to give up a large part of themselves for a time and become somebody else. This only truly comes with full language and cultural immersion. Being immersed in another culture for a period of time gives a person the opportunity to become a new person, to build a new person inside of their minds. The result of this is a new language. To take Japanese, for example, If someone learns Japanese outside of Japan, they can never fully acquire the skills that are necessary to become a fully functioning Japanese speaker. In this sense, learning culture along side language is necessary. This is a statement that the writer of this article would not disagree with.