Posts tagged culture

German

10 Strange German Laws (Fact vs. Fiction)

Germany is well-known for being a country with a million different laws, rules and regulations about everything from signing forms to building houses. There are many blogs and news-outlets online that talk about any number of “crazy German laws”, some of…

October 22, 2015, by

Learning English

American Culture: The Imperfect Hero

Movie Logic In American television and film culture, or put another way, movie logic, we encounter, with overwhelming frequency, the flawed, imperfect action hero. The flaws in this hero are usually obvious. They are easy to see, and easy to…

December 14, 2010, by

Learning English

American Culture: The American Civil War

Still Impacting American Culture Today It’s probably very difficult for non-Americans to appreciate how the American Civil War still has a great impact on American culture. I might even call this a defining impact that helps define Americans’ identity of…

November 4, 2010, by

News

Introducing The Japanese Culture Blog

Japanese is a means to an end. No one sane studies Japanese for over a dozen years, becomes a professional translator, and learns all the complexity and nuance of this language because the language is fun. Yes, it is a…

August 23, 2010, by

Learning English

A Language Carries An Entire Culture On Its Back

I like to say, language begins from personal experience. As little children, we learn from others how to identify objects around us. Repetition of words occurs in the context of what things in the family home are called. Language, however,…

March 29, 2010, by

News

Samurai: Sometimes Warriors, Always Servants

The word “samurai” evolved from the word “saburai,” which itself is rooted in the verb “saburau,” meaning “to serve.” The kanji for samurai, 侍, is composed of two components, or “radicals”: a man (on the left), and a temple (on…

March 13, 2010, by