Carry on Language

At the Gate: Philosophy

A living language is just that...dynamic, organic and flexible...expanding and contracting as you and others use it. Similarly, acquiring a new language — any one — is ongoing and participative. If you are inquisitive, you will always be picking up things.

Learning a language earns you the “international forgiveness premium.” Making even the smallest effort in someone else’s linguistic and cultural territory represents a major step towards understanding different mindsets, appreciating ideological gaps and breaking down stereotypes. It’s one of the rare opportunities where it’s acceptable adult behavior to absorb without shame.