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Through learning language, we learn about culture. Through learning about culture, we learn respect for others. Through learning respect for others, we can hope for peace.


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April 26 , 2007

Language Joke

Tips
Don't Be Shy! It is very important to use your new found language skills whenever possible. Unfortunately, some of us are stricken by "language ego". It is a term coined by Alexander Guiora (1981) to explain that people feel less confident when communicating in their second language. Don't worry; most people are thrilled that you are learning and using their native language and will do as much as possible to help you and make you feel more comfortable.

The other benefit of not "being shy" is that the person with whom you are speaking may also be "stricken" with language ego. When you speak a few words in their native language, they may feel more comfortable speaking to you in their second language.

Do you think it's possible that learning another language and gaining respect for others' cultures can promote peace in the world?
It seems like such a grand undertaking-peace in the world. How about we look at it on a smaller scale; do you think that gaining respect and understanding for your neighbor who speaks another language or they are from another culture can promote peace & harmony in your neighborhood?

Do you think if each one of us did this it could contribute to peace in the world?


Culture Connection
Cinco de Mayo-Not Independence Day?

So why do we celebrate the fifth of May? Most people in the US would respond with, "It's Mexico's Independence Day!" Right? Actually, that was Sept. 16, 1810 and has nothing to do with this celebration.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla (Mexico) in 1862. Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, led a small, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men and was able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country. It was a glorious victory for Mexican patriots, and it created a sense of national unity, which is the reason for this celebration.

The date is mostly celebrated in the town of Puebla; however it has become a popular holiday in the US and Mexico primarily because commercial interests have been promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities. Felz Cinco de Mayo!



Voice of our Customers & Friends
Each month we will highlight a question or comment from our friends & customers. Please contact us if you would like to ask or respond to a question or would like to make your "voice" heard.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Nancy Roebke: Wisconsin

I appreciated the personal conversation that we had over the miles. I am in Wisconsin and I take it that you are in New Jersey. I have some native Spanish- speaking friends, but I am always on the look-out for "intercambios" and creating new opportunities for people to get together. I started turning more and more to technology to help me so that I am more proficient as I seek out ways to have native English and Spanish speakers interact meaningfully in our community.

Take care and let me know if your new contact in WI can help with anything, even volunteer for it. That's something-volunteerism and leadership in our community for the average person--I want to investigate how to promote volunteerism to help people learn English and Spanish. Let me know if you have any tips, thanks.

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