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  • Most Common Languages In South Africa
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    African Cultures Africa has more than 800 languages native to its continent. African cultures are so diverse that they are different from any other culture of the world. African cultures contain many different languages. African languages range from common French to languages unheard of to most people such as Swahili. African arts are much different than American arts. Their art involves much more creative pottery, masks, and paintings. Africa has a very interesting culture. Reasons being the pe...
  • Languages And Regional Cultures Of Population Groups
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    Some definitions of culture emphasize its basis in meaning. All human activity involves meaning, and this is what distinguishes it from the activity of non-human animal species. Culture, then, arises exclusively from human activity and excludes other species. Meaning presupposes language; in other words language, which is a unique characteristic of humans, at the same time characterizes culture. Culture as Norms and Values A more restricted definition of culture defines it as the values held by ...
  • Humans Benefit From The Power Of Language
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    Question 2: Language is the most influential form of communication. It is the most powerful instrument an individual can have. By definition, language is the use by human beings of voice sounds, organized in order to express and communicate thoughts and feelings. It is what has shaped our society into what it has become today, what has allowed our civilization to excel and progress into what is now modern day. Language has allowed the individual to communicate within a group as well as within hi...
  • Knowledge Of English Language And Its Culture
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    Sour Sweet Timothy Mo Title: How do language and cultural assumptions interact to benefit / disadvantage each member of the Chen family as they adapt to their new lives in Britain James Watson Between Two Cultures, discovered through long sociological analyses, that the attitude of the Chen family as a whole, towards Westerners is a good reflection of how many Chinese people feel about European cultures. Of all the Chen's, it is probably Lily who displays the most convincing argument for this po...
  • 04 02 These Essays
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    FIVE PERSPECTIVES 00.00 Introduction 00.01 The purpose of this paper is to focus on history and culture. This is also the required paper four for English composition 1301.00. 02 The thesis is this that this essay analyzes and interprets five essays on history and culture in terms of understanding the meaning, evaluating the strategy and appreciating the language as suggested by The Sundance Reader. 01.0 Point one 01.01 In the first essay by Matthew Arnold he writes about the two influences in ou...
  • Cultural Differences Between The United States And Ukraine
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    CULTURAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND UKRAINE The United States of America is a country of many cultures mixed in one. The main reason for this is immigration. It has many religions, many languages spoken, and many ethnic beliefs. Some religions, languages or beliefs, may be more frequently spoken or believed then others, but in general the United States has a wide variety of culture. On the other hand, Ukraine, which is a country much smaller then the United States, has basically one cu...
  • Variations In Non Verbal Communication Between Cultures
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    Humans have been communicating since four million years. On the other hand, the birth of culture is estimated to have token place about 35,000 years ago. Today, both culture and communication have evolved considerably and have become interdependent of one another, to the point that communication is considered to be a product of culture. Thus, our own culture has a deep impact on our thoughts and behaviors. Since each culture has its distinct aspects, intercultural communication can be the cause ...
  • English The Official Language
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    The term stranger is hard to define. By definition, the stranger is not only an outsider but also someone different and personally known. (Parillo, 7) This definition could pertain to many people. One such group of people are the Hispanic Americans. Hispanic Americans are the ethnic group that attracts the most public attention. Hispanics are the largest ethnic group in the United States; however, they are often viewed as strangers in society. The main reason for this belief is because of Spanis...
  • Difference In Languages
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    To What Degree Might Different Languages Shape In Their Speakers Different Concepts Of Themselves And The World? What Are The Implications Of Such Differences For Knowledge? The difference in languages can cause different perceptions of various cultures leading to distinctions or possible clashes. When I lived in France I faced some of the problems a language barrier can cause. The most common and at the same time most irritating problem of language is the inability to translate word for word as...
  • Ideology And The Success Of A Culture
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    The fate of the world is in the hands of literacy. Literacy has a relation to many parts of society's existence, including individual cultures, the ideology of those cultures and the spoken word of the people. In addition, proposing standards for good English could affect literacy. Literacy is the skill to understand, respect, and seek out knowledge. Those whose are literate have a higher capacity for happiness and pleasure because they can comprehend the preciousness of a beautiful thing and ap...
  • Communication And Culture
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    Arts of the Contact Zone For the twelfth grade English curriculum, we had to read and learn about the Arts of the Contact Zone by Mary Louise Pratt. This essay opened up a whole new concept for us. The new term "contact zone" appeared and Pratt defined it as 'social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today. ' ...
  • Country With Two Official Languages
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    Praise of a Bilingual Country In the essay English as Second Language, English as First Love, Stephen Baker, the author, suggests that the United States should adopt English as its official language. He does not like the idea of the United States not having an official language, and does not want the United States to become bilingual. He argues, that English is the best language, and is the only choice for an official language of the United States of America. It is this writer's opinion, that it...
  • San Diego Area Many Of The Students
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    I believe that the most common of these three is assimilation. Assimilation occurs in many different ways in our schools, and it is unfortunately a part of life that we all have to learn to accept, no matter the consequences. America is more commonly known as the melting pot, one would assume automatically that the schools would consists of numerous cultures yet we still insist on forcing the American way of life onto many of our students. The process of assimilation can occur through language a...
  • Form Of Languages In Caribbean
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    Many people will think of Caribbean Islands as a nice place for a getaway vacation. But historical background of Caribbean is somewhat different. Caribbean has a long history of colonization and slavery for many generations. As new colonization was established, new cultures and languages were introduced. People tends to only focus on the bright side of the Columbus's great discover of the new land and colonization of the European countries and can easily forget about the destruction and the dama...
  • English Language
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    Ngugi wa Thiong o had a goal of not being associated with the English language and starting to write in his native language Gikuyu. In his mind English in parts of Africa was like a process in wiping out the memories of pre-colonial cultures and history, as well as putting in a new fashion of colonialism. Ngugi wrote Decolonizing the Mind, with a mental state that of turning back to the roots of Gikuyu traditions. This quote from summarizes his thoughts and beliefs. A specific culture is not tra...
  • Japanese Culture
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    Paragraphs Language is arbitrary- to obtain a proper definition of this statement I have broken it down into 2 parts, language and arbitrary. The heinemann dictionary has stated that "language is The words we speak or write, the sounds or words used by a particular country or group, a system of sign and symbols used to communicate. And that arbitrary is " based on your opinion or whim rather than a reason" So to place these to definitions into one would arrive at 'based on they way peoples opini...
  • Dominant Culture's Language
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    Explanation of Term: Transculturation is a term that ethnographers have used to describe what happens when members of a subordinated or marginalized group select or adopt materials which have been transmitted by a dominant culture. The process of transculturation intersects with language and writing in that the "materials" adopted by a marginalized group might include a written or spoken language. Consequently, the dominant culture's language, rhetorical strategies and writing conventions will b...
  • World's Diverse Languages And Cultures
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    The Extinction of Cultures Do you know how many nations are there on our planet? There are about 15,000 nations on our planet and about 200 nation-states. You may ask what is nation-states. In fact, they are political entities, what are commonly referred to as countries. They are often made up of several or many individual nations, or different cultures. A nation is a group of people that share something in common. Do you know what do they share? They share a common history, a common ancestry, a...
  • Last Part Of Culture
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    "The Nature and Function of Culture" I would like to start off with the definition of Culture, which is an organized system of learned behavior and thought patterns. Always make manifest by a group making that group distinctive from other groups. It is non-instinctive but rests on a biological base of: binocular, stereoscopic, color, vision / habitual, upright bipedal locomotion / generalized forelimb with opposable thumb and the symbolic capacity of (750-950 cc). It is transmitted through langu...
  • Support Bilingual Education For Students Ability
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    BILINGUAL Bilingual Education ADVOCACY PAPER BILINGUAL EDUCATION IS BENEFICIAL TO STUDENTS ABILITIES TO ASSIMILATE IN THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE English only– sink or swim? Yeah right! Instead of English Only Advocates worrying about bilingual education cost in our school system, why not take advantage of the skills our ethnic minorities possess to move our economy forward? They are obviously not thinking clearly, because the benefit of bilinguals, significantly outweigh the bad. To deny our y...

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