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Default Re: The benefits of learning a new language

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Originally Posted by james [Only Registered Users Can See LinksClick Here To Register]
‘Hora’ literally means ‘look’, but like many language translations it doesn’t directly translate. For example in the UK people say ‘sorry’ all the time which foreigners think is odd and disingenuous. But in the UK ‘sorry’ is something of a conversation starter rather than the literal meaning of the word...
I noticed when I returned to Australia that people said "sorry" when they bumped you in the street. It was such a nice thing. It was much different than the uncaring attitude of the US, Russia and China.

Another interesting cultural difference is how much people boast. English people can be frustratingly modest when you're trying to get information on someone's competency in something. Whereas Americans can be boring braggarts. Chinese like to boast about their country, which is silly since the individual bragging is probably not the one making the achievements. But we all know the strong girls bragging well is very arousing. This often transcends nationality, and can be unconscious or on purpose. Either way is good.
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