Chinese language study HK – Culture and Language

Mandarin Lesson

Culture and Language
When two people from two different cultural backgrounds speak English, they don’t seem to have much difficulty interacting because they use the some language. But do they understand each other well enough? In fact, different cultures have different expected behavior. What is right in one culture may be wrong in another. Therefore, language learning should go in hand in hand with culture learning. Actually, people begin to understand their own culture better only after they have begun interacting with people from another culture. It must be realized that cultural mistakes in communication make the other side more uncomfortable than grammatical mistakes do.
文化與語言

當兩個來自不同文化背景的人用英語交流,他們似乎不會碰到任何障礙,因為他們說同一種語言。但是他們真正理解對方的意圖嗎?實際上,不同的文化對行為有不同的期待。在某一文化里被認為是正確的,在另一文化里可能不妥。因此,語言學習必須與文化學習同步進行。事實上,只有開始跟其他文化的人交往時,一個人才能更深刻地理解自己的文化。需要清楚的一點是:跟語法錯誤相比,文化上的錯誤讓人更加不舒服。

Wénhuà yǔ yǔyán

Dāng liǎng gè láizì bùtóng wénhuà bèijǐng de rén yòng yīngyǔ jiāoliú, tāmen sìhū bù huì pèng dào rènhé zhàng’ài, yīnwèi tāmen shuō tóngyī zhǒng yǔyán. Dànshì tāmen zhēnzhèng lǐjiě duìfāng de yìtú ma? Shíjì shang, bùtóng de wénhuà duì xíngwéi yǒu bùtóng de qídài. Zài mǒu yī wénhuà lǐ bèi rènwéi shì zhèngquè de, zài lìng yī wénhuà lǐ kěnéng bù tuǒ. Yīncǐ, yǔyán xuéxí bìxū yǔ wénhuà xuéxí tóngbù jìnxíng. Shìshí shàng, zhǐyǒu kāishǐ gēn qítā wénhuà de rén jiāowǎng shí, yīgè rén cáinéng gēng shēnkè dì lǐjiě zìjǐ de wénhuà. Xūyào qīngchu de yīdiǎn shì: Gēn yǔfǎ cuòwù xiāng bǐ, wénhuà shàng de cuòwù ràng rén gèngjiā bú shūfú.


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