The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #22 July / August 2016
Letter From The Editor
Culture and Language, Again
by Erik Zidowecki
July / August 2016 | 

I have spoken a number of times about how culture and language are linked together. A major reason people often learn a language is to better understand or to become part of another culture.

The relationship can at times be difficult to define. We can say that a language is the path to a culture, yet we also talk about a language being part of a culture, so it is both the doorway and one of the components. However you try to define it, there is no denying the link.

In this issue, guest author Lucia Leite gives us another look at how language and culture are tied even more directly than we might normally believe in "Learning A Language Is Learning Its Culture".

When they are intertwined, the survival of one may also depend on the survival of the other. Teddy Nee gives us a plea to prevent his language from becoming extinct in in "Save Medan Hokkien!".

Still looking at this bond, we have an excerpt of an article from 1879 from Standish O'Grady, "Early Bardic Literature in Ireland", which talks about how so much of the history of Ireland is directly reflected in the landmarks and ruins of the countryside.

Is all of this making you more eager to learn another language? If so, then be sure to read our interview with Ulrike and Peter Rettig, the people behind the website "Games for Language", and learn why they created it and how it can help you!

Don't forget to read the rest of the magazine, including our advertisement pages, which offer you chances to find new learning sites, blogs, and products! And be sure to subscribe to Parrot Time today to get updates and issue notices!

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."

- Rita Mae Brown

Erik Zidowecki

Letter From the Editor
Writer: Erik Zidowecki
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