Language and Culture
Languages are marvelously complex
and wonderfully complicated organs of culture:
they embody the quickest and the most efficient means of communicating
within their respective culture.
To learn a foreign language is to learn another culture.
In a words of a poet and philosopher,
"As many languages as one speaks, so many lives one lives."
A culture and its language are as inseparable as brain and body;
while one is a part of the other,neither can function without the other.
In learning a foreign language, the best beginning
is with the non- verbal linguistic elements of the language,
its gestures,its body language.
Eye contact is extremely important in English.
Direct eye contact leads to understanding,
or,as the English maxim has it,seeing eye-to-eye.
We can never see eye-to-eye with a native speaker of English
until we have learned to look directly into his eyes.