Some conclusions


 The borders of our world are those of our language.
We can perceive only what we can articulate; accordingly, our whole life in all its aspects is entirely affected by WHAT we are able to say and HOW.



The comparison of the different countries mentioned in this homepage has led to first conclusions:


      A language is strongly associated with history.

      Invasions and occupation of countries influenced and modified the spoken language

(e.g. "Ersatz" in France and Belgium, "Trottoir" in Germany, )

      Climate and nature have an influence on the language (e.g. in comparisons or  idioms).

      Religion has an influence on a language (e.g. "God bless you!" in English, "Gruss Gott" in Bavarian, "Que Dieu vous garde!" in French.) and in most countries on education (e.g. religion instruction at school, particularly strong influence in most countries ruled by Muslims,)

      The cultural aspects of a region are reflected in the language (way of life, idioms, social intercourse, etc).

      Intercultural approach to the teaching / learning of languages leads to higher personal commitment of learners and teachers.

      Migration has an impact of the spoken language of a country (e.g. when a large group of migrants comes from the same country / region).

      Integration problems are similar in most European countries.

      Education or lack of education modifies the range of  steps necessary to acquire some knowledge in a foreign language.

      Trade and friendly relations have always influenced the language of the countries and regions involved.

      Language learning is essential to avoid people falling into a ghetto

      Language skills give access to other qualifications and skills. These are
of use to the people themselves and to the host countries.

      Language learning opens the way to understanding, tolerance, peace and freedom.

      English words have become part of all modern European languages and their number is still growing.



Words are the soul of a culture:

they reflect the way of thinking ,

the way of feeling of human groups,

they live in tradition, lyrics and songs

and they die through misunderstanding.





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