21 August, 2010

From Prada to Peru

A Manhattan fashion publicist leaves the bright lights of the big city to spend a year as a TEFL teacher at the foot of a volcano in Peru. His witty blog charts the transition in ways that we're sure most of us can remember/recognize/identify with. Sample passage:
I just wanted a place to finally learn Spanish, to read and to write. Call me fucking crazy, but living at the base of a 20,000 foot mountain that could spray you with molten lava at any moment, in a city built of it's rock and on a land that shakes with earthquakes made me tingle everywhere with excitement.

02 August, 2010

How Language Influences Culture

A fascinating article describes the ways that language actually shapes the way we view the world, both literally and figuratively. Sample quote:
It turns out that if you change how people talk, that changes how they think. If people learn another language, they inadvertently also learn a new way of looking at the world. When bilingual people switch from one language to another, they start thinking differently, too.

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