LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/NOV/2011 1:03 AM|
|Assunto:||Cultura inútil - Dale|
I was about 10 when my family moved close to the border with Mexico. I started learning Spanish not because of some great scheme or life plan but because I wanted to communicate with a neighbor who spoke English as well as I speak Bengali, Eskimo, and Swahili. It has led to so many adventures and wonderful experiences and friendships over the years. There is a proverb in Japanese that says "A closed book is but a block of wood." A language that is not being used is about as usual as a hook without bait, a cld bottle of Brahma been on a cold day without an opener, or an invitation to a churrasco that you cannot accept. It is so easy to find books in English. I would go nuts if I could not read in my mother language. And those books are just sitting there, begging us to read them and become less ignorant. Tonight I am motivated to take my own advice and return to languages I have studied but have not used in quite some time. Thanks!
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