How committed are you with another culture while you study their language?

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Do you think that learning about the culture of a country is necessary while you are learning a new language? I know that many of you fell in love with the sound of a language or a country itself. However, there are some languages that we learn because we have to (work or school), did you learn to love this language as well?

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First, I'd like to know what you think.


Personally, language is part of culture so it's basically studying (part of the) culture. I don't explicitly study the whole culture, but inevitably I learn a ton about it by the time I reach B2. I've never studied languages because I like the way they sound, and I've never studied one for work, but I've studied plenty because the country interests me.

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It's so funny to me that I've never seen learning a language as learning a part of a culture. 

This is because, firstly, I don't understand my parent's local dialects. Secondly, I learnt English as a means of communicating in school and life in general ( not because I like the English culture). And lastly, I was introduced to French language in primary school up till high school, so I had to pass the subject.

In summary, I only saw learning languages as a means to excel in school. However, I want to learn French now because I want to be bilingual for work and business opportunities. 

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I dont believe that knowing culture is important. It does help but it's not necessary. But I believe knowing a language is little easier when you converse with someone 

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Yes, I totally agree with Leo. Learning the culture or some aspects of it will help you to understand certain concepts in a better way. At least is what I have experienced living abroad and communicating on a daily basis in another language.

-Ari-

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Another thing is that I see languages as an opportunity to communicate with other people, not as a task from school or work. It is such a valuable asset.  

I believe that anything you learn in life will always add, it can be a different language or a folk story from another country, it will enrich your knowledge and that is precious to me.

-Ari-

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I think it is key that you embrace the culture that language is used in. You will learn it faster and understand better.

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I refered to work or school opportunities as I have friends whom per work or their studies were forced to learn a new language. To me, languages are a window to other cultures and of course, language is part of the culture itself.


Culture covers a very wide area of human life and behaviour, and language is just the expression of it. I believe that if I want to learn a language and being able to speak it properly I have to understand the culture it was "born" in, I'm not talking about learn everything involved, but care about what it is considered to be good or wrong, traditions, etc. Because of globalization we can have an idea of the culture of other countries, an advantage we couldn't have had decades ago. I think that the country we were raised in will always have a huge influence in the way we think and sometimes this can be a handicap when we are speaking with natives of our target languages.

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Context plays a part in learning a language at least in my experience. Learning a language is like a glimpse to a country's culture.. so it can definitely help if you have at least some interest in the culture, not a requirement but it helps. 


I am actually contemplating to study Portuguese because I am such a Jiujitsu nerd lol. Hit me up if you can help me with that. 


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Studying a foreign language, for me, means to immerse in to their culture. You have to have a certain level of respect for their culture to be learning their language.

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Very. Some of the nuances and expressions only make sense if you're familiar with the culture. Honorifics is a great example of this.

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