• Culture,  Language

    Language Without Culture is Like…

    Learning a new language can be an extremely rich and rewarding experience. It can also be drab, mind-numbing work. What makes the difference? I submit that culture is one of the greatest spices which add flavor to the language learning experience. Here are a few analogies to paint a picture of things. Language Without Culture is Like… Eating a burger without the meat (or, for vegetarians, eating a salad without dressing). Climbing inside a Ferrari, buckling up, putting the key in the ignition, and discovering the engine has been removed. Taking a Calculus class without knowing Algebra. Parents who still try to act cool around their teenagers. Napoleon Dynamite (or,…