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How cultural differences can affect learning

from By: Douglas Magrath

Culture is a part of language. Even vocabulary can be culturally loaded. For example, the dictionary may say that "pain" in French and "bread" in English represent the same physical object, but the cultural load will be different. In Turkish, "ekmek" is bread, but it is more than a food item. One does not merely throw old bread away; it is carefully wrapped before being put out. The instructor cannot be an expert on every culture but should be aware of some of the more common areas of potential conflict. more


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