Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cultural interference in learning a language

The meaning of the word culture as used in this context: It denotes a characteristic way of perceiving things or relationships between things. Every person has a tendency to see the relationships between things in one way, not in the other.

Example (this happened in my class once):

-Okay students let's look at the sentence that your friend just wrote on the board.

En France, les gens parlent français.

(It means: In France, people speak French.)

-All right then, can I have someone read it out loud?

-Madame, can I try?

-Of course. Go ahead.

-Encik France, les gens parlent français.

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