Cultures and Languages?

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    Jun 10, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    So I was just wondering whats your Favorite culture: Asian,African,latin..etc and why do you like them ( hope I said that right icon_smile.gif )


    And do you speak any other languages,studying a language,or find a language intresting.

    Me personally. I can understand German pretty okay ,but can't remember how to speak it anymore.

    I studied Chinese in high school,But all I can remember is how to say.
    Ni Hao-Hello
    Ni hao ma-how are you(I think lol)
    Xie xie-(thank you)

    I love the Latin culture the most...It seems to be the most colorful compared to the othersicon_razz.gif
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    Jun 10, 2009 9:27 AM GMT
    The time I spent in Spain made me love the music, the dancing and the afternoon siestas! Yea for naps!!! A close 2nd would be the French. French sweet nothings whispered in your ear is OMG!
  • GQjock

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    Jun 10, 2009 10:16 AM GMT
    The Mediterranean culture .... Italy - France - Spain is fantastic for me

    The people there enjoy life ....
    culture - conversation - epicurean culture
  • Delivis

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    Jun 10, 2009 10:59 AM GMT
    pre-socratic greek philosophy, principles, democracy, and culture.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 10, 2009 11:09 AM GMT
    I second that icon_wink.gif

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  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 10, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    I am a total linguaphile, especially French and Chinese, but also Spanish and Portuguese and a handfull of others. Learning a langauge is the best way to experience and understand another culture, because the way you logically put together thoughts and ideas is fundamentally linked to how a culture develops and how it's different from other cultures. Hungarian has 18+ cases, French has 17+ tenses/moods with different conjugations, English has no grammatical gender, and Chinese has no letters. Just WHY these languages are the way they are is fascinating, and then discovering how that affects the cultures themselves is even more so.
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    Jun 10, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    Wow.. i have been called a mutt... lol... my dad is cuban and korean.. random right.. but hes from cuba.. and my mom is black and native.. ummm im pretty well influenced by all of my cultures... so far as the cuban culture.. food, spanish and french... cuban culture is the biggest part of my everyday life... korean... well my grandma is full korean and lives in the us now.. there is a language barrier.. being i dont speak korean.. but she can cook her ass off with some korean food.. ummmm... black... alot of people are just afican american... my family traces back to ethiopia.. although some slave in the us.. alot of them were direct immigrants... and native.. my grandpa...(moms dad) is full blown on the reservation native... but the only language is speak are spanish and french as i said.. and i do know some portuguese.. then some native languages of southern cuba...
  • zakariahzol

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    Jun 10, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    One of the reason I love travelling so much is because I enjoy different culture. I have been to so many country, I cant say, there any culture I like best. They are all fascinating and interesting to me. As for language I can speak 3 , my native Malay, English and intermediate Mandarin Chinese.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    I would have to say my own cultures African American and Cuban. Bot of which has taught me to stand proud of who I am and what I am.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    I'm predominately Black, but my mom, is 1/4 Cherokee and black, my dad is has some German in him. Put them together!! and you get meh.

    I don't have a favorite culture I embrace them all.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    i love all cultures, but am a fan of japanese culture. as for myself; I'm german/spaniard/mexican - grew up in Germany for 11 years (military). And was raised along side Korean and Black families that were also stationed in Germany. I was there during the Berlin Wall years. I find beauty in all races of people.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    I appreciate the Bahamas or other Carribean areas like Dominican Republic.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidI would have to say my own cultures African American and Cuban. Bot of which has taught me to stand proud of who I am and what I am.


    AMEN and AMEN!

    Tributes to African and African American culture on REALJOCK are rare.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    Culture jamming is what I breathe and exercise for, lust after and lose myself in. Wonderfloss is the enemy. Vive la différence !
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    I taught Spanish for 6 years. I love the language, and am closest to the Afro-latino culture since I have studied the language for half my life.

    But don't get me wrong, I love black Southern culture and food.

    I also studied swahili (hujambo? ) in college, Chinese in high school and college (bu ka qi you are welcome or bu xie Lenoxx). My minor was in Portuguese and hope to one day live in Bahia and really learn more about Afro-Brasileira culture.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    CUPIDSCHOK3HOLD saidI'm predominately Black, but my mom, is 1/4 Cherokee and black, my dad is has some German in him. Put them together!! and you get meh.

    I don't have a favorite culture I embrace them all.



    aww. I liked that.

    I am also a linguaphile. As far as languages go, my ear is currently cleft between the polish language and japanese. what with the cyrillic, katakana, hiragana, nihongo and the massive reserves of cultural variation intermixed within the two ... my love for these languages know no bounds.

    in terms of culture ... there has been many an anthropological study concerning cultures where men and women share both esteem and prestige, a well as much more research on cultures supporting gender, sexual, and racial minorities ... my personal preference is for those that fall within that paradigm ... e.g., Sweden, France, Denmark, Switzerland, pockets of Germany, and (lol) New England, USA.
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    Jun 10, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidI would have to say my own cultures African American and Cuban. Bot of which has taught me to stand proud of who I am and what I am.


    WOO HOO... ANOTHER ONE OF US.. HAHAHA....
  • Rookz

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    Jun 10, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    I like the Canadian language... most part it's English with "eh?", "a-boot" and "poutine."

    But what I like best is the human culture. Despite the difference in language, appearance and culture, we reach out to help one another and progress together as humankind.
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    Jun 10, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    love all types of culture ! some of my favorite below:

    Learned French for 6 yrs and been to Paris - The French are polite if you try to speak their own language! Paris is a beautiful city and they have awesome food.

    lately I like Latin/Spanish music a lot! and been having more Mexican/Latin cuisine!

    On the Asian side - absolutely love Japanese/Vietnamese culture! the language, the food, the sushi, the pho/noodle, the cities! Been to Asia a couple of times.

    Hm, the guy I'm dating is half Italian/Finnish/Brit something - he speaks fluent Italian! so I'm learning a bit of Italian, too! Good pasta though! We're kind of thinking going to Rome this winter to visit his family/cousin over there. It's a good idea to go to Italy with someone who speak the language, otherwise, I'd be so Lost. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 10, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    I've always liked indian and middle eastern things. The art, the language, the architecture, and the music. I've actually even started learning a little bit of arabic and hindi.
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    Jun 10, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI second that icon_wink.gif

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    i third that sentiment. especially after taking a classics course on greek society and sex
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    Jun 10, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    What I don't love: people who keep repeating how much they love "cultures" (chimichanga, burritos and hummus, pretty much) but they want people from those cultures being far from them.
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    marsupial saidWhat I don't love: people who keep repeating how much they love "cultures" (chimichanga, burritos and hummus, pretty much) but they want people from those cultures being far from them.


    PREACH, PREACH, PREACH!!!!!!!!
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    marsupial saidWhat I don't love: people who keep repeating how much they love "cultures" (chimichanga, burritos and hummus, pretty much) but they want people from those cultures being far from them.


    makes sense for some. but i'm greek, and i have an appreciation for the cultures of both modern and ancient greece.
  • ursa_minor

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    Jun 10, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    I´m Filipino and a bit drawn towards Korean and Belgian (primarily Flemish) culture. So eager to learn new languages!