Language and Culture Activity

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 “IF YOU TALK TO A MAN IN A LANGUAGE HE UNDERSTANDS, THAT GOES TO HIS HEAD. IF YOU TALK TO HIM IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE, THAT GOES TO HIS HEART.”        – NELSON MANDELA

Today and yesterday in Global Studies, grade 9 and 10 students were inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote to teach themselves the basics of introducing themselves in each of their mother tongues. We re-introduced the idea of cultural relativity, and discussed how important it is to address locals in their own language. By taking the risk and speaking a new language, we can engage in local culture and show our host citizens that we will do our best to adapt to their ways. Hopefully, in-turn, they will respect our attempt and be more accomodating to us for our efforts. By talking the local language we show that we are actively engaged in understanding the emic perspective and that we are willing to work hard to gain that understanding.

Here are the two documents that we created! Excuse the phonetic spelling of words in other languages, we are trying to be able to introduce ourselves very basically in other languages and pronounce these words as they should be pronounced. And of course with a handful of Americans we had to have some fun! We went over how to say hello, how are you, I am great and you.

 

French

Bonjour

Comment ça va?

Ça va bien, et tu?

 

Korean

an nyung (ha say yo)

jal gee ne soyo

neh jal gee ne soyo

 

English (proper)

Good day

What ho?

Absolutely spiffing, ol’ chap

 

Amuricun slang

Sup playa/bro

What’s good/gucci

Chillen

 

Chinese

Ni hao

Ni hao ma?

Wu hen hao, ni na

 

Sharchop Kha

(Eastern Bhutanese dialect)

ku-zu zan-po

hung den cha

leekpoo rung cha

 

Maltese

Hello

Key fint

(male) tayen gracie yu endi

(female) taybeh gracie yu endi

 

Estonian

derre

qui das la hab

la hab astay, ya sul

 

German

alo

vegetz deer?

Ve getz goot un deer

 

Swedish

hey

hur mordu

bra oc-du

 

Texan

howdy y’all

howryuh

just dandy

yeehaw

 

Arabic

-a-salam alai-ecum

-kae-fa-al ahwal

-al qulu fi amani alah wa kae-fa ahwal

Spanish

 

Hola

Como estas?

Bien, gracias y tu?

 

 

Dzongkha(Bhutan)

 

Kuzu zangpo

Ga-de-bay yue

Le-zhim-bay, yue te chue

   

 

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