Κατερίνα: Γεια σας Hello
Κειλα: χαίρετε Hi
Κατερίνα: πώς σας λένε; What is your name?
Κειλα: με λένε κειλα. Εσάς; My name is Kayla. You?
Κατερίνα: είμαι η Κατερίνα. Χαίρω πολύ I’m Katerina. Nice to meet you
Κειλα: κι εγώ You too
Κατερίνα: από που είστε; Where are you from?
Κειλα: είμαι από την Αμερική. Εσείς; I am from America. You?
Κατερίνα: είμαι από την Ελλάδα I am from GreeceAdditionally, learning a foreign language helps us to more easily assimilate into and learn about other cultures since language and culture are complexly intertwined, constantly evolving and influencing one another. When you interact with the language of a specific place, you are at the same time learning about the culture of that place. It’s impossible not to. Language is not only grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, but also the cultural meaning that is embedded within it. The fact that cultural norms and customs are entrenched within language makes language even more powerful because it shapes how we see the world and how we live in it. This is also why it is essential that young people are exposed to different languages and thus, different ways of living, being, and thinking. It allows them to start the conversation, dispel stereotypes, and combat ethnocentrism, the belief that one’s culture is superior to others and then judging other cultures from the perspective of one’s own culture. Lastly, it just makes your life easier when you are able to engage in basic conversation! When you get in a taxi, when you go to the grocery store, when you meet new Greek friends, it never hurts to be able to say hello (ya-sas), good morning (ka-li-me-ra), or thank you (ef-hari-sto).
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