please illustrate the role of culture in second language learning, plaese cite as many references as you can
Hello,this is a question of grad school attendence test of linguistics, there's no specific answer, any opinion about the perspective from linguistics is fine.
- meowwwwwwwLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well it's not hard to give one's opinion about the subject, mine being that it means virtually everything, but you're being asked to produce evidence in the form of references, so it looks like you won't be able to get away with anything less than some heavy researching. Has your instructor at least given you a list of books/articles to look into, perhaps some s/he has used in class?
2009-03-24 16:03:26 補充：
hmm.. in that case, let's see, there really can be a gazillion examples here. i've lived in the states for 17 years, and i'm still picking up things, culture-wise, in my quest to perfect my english, or close to it.
2009-03-24 16:03:48 補充：
only last year i learned that when a person sees you in a shirt and tells you to "lose it," they're not insinuating that it's an ugly shirt and you should get rid of it asap, on the contrary,
2009-03-24 16:03:54 補充：
they're actually paying you a compliment by saying that you should lose it so they can pick it up for themselves. ain't that funny? what i always thought to be a borderline insult turned out to be the complete opposite. haha boy did i feel dumb.
2009-03-24 16:05:05 補充：
(PS. gimme a break. why is the number of words allowance so low in this add-on section?!)
2009-03-24 16:15:37 補充：
also, i used to find it rude when people would offer you something by saying "go ahead, i don't need/want it anymore." i'd never put it that way myself because being brought up in the chinese culture,
2009-03-24 16:15:48 補充：
i thought you were only supposed to offer people what you yourself considered as of value, not a piece of scrap you were ready to discard. it wasn't until much later that i came to realize that's their way of being nice,
2009-03-24 16:15:54 補充：
by saying they no longer had a use for the item, they're trying to make you feel comfortable taking it off their hands. see, that was a thing i'd never have considered had i not had the opportunity to live among people of a different heritage.