[8] Guided Academic Conversation / Page 25

  1. The effects of history on national character
  2. The power of language
  3. Actions of newcomers
  4. The climate factor

Please choose one of the above topics, read about it on page 25 in your textbook, and post your thoughts below. Don’t worry about writing a perfect paragraph, but try to express your ideas clearly. Try to write at least 55 words. 

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25 thoughts on “[8] Guided Academic Conversation / Page 25

  1. The power of language

    Canada has two official languages, but I think it makes Canada weak.
    This is because, if people speak two languages in one country, I think it isn’t easy for them to be unity.
    For example, I know that India also has two official languages.
    However, I think that these country which have more than one official languages don’t have to change their policy because they should decide it for themselves.
    We shouldn’t interfere with it.

  2. The power of language.
    Canada has two official languages and in my opinion it makes Canada weak.
    Because I think laguages diffrent then cultures are diffrent. When I trevel in Quebec in Canada there was just like France because they use a French. As like a Canada the Singapore they use 4 official languages. So diffrent of cultures which is follwing laguages it create too many diffrences so it can’t unit well but! I don’t think they have to change the policy. Becuse many peoples are using now and it will be confused to them.

  3. The power of language
    I think official language is important. It must be ideal that every country speak same language in the world. In that case, we can communicate well such as, in sports, politics, and school. Now, English plays great important roles, we can say English is the world official language. But I think official language doesn’t always matter too much. The most important thing is to have their own strong, tight, and reasonable thoughts, opinions, and ideas as one of independent countries. That’s why official language is necessary, but we should not emphasize it too much.

  4. The power of language.

    Canada have two official languages. In my opinion, it make a country more strong than one official language because, English is the most important language of taking communication in the world. In other hand, many countries which have two languages experienced historical such as imperialism or colonialism.

  5. I agree the English proverb that “When in Rome,do as the Romans do.” Because I think if you didn’t do as local people living in a country, you can’t get used to the country forever. For example, in Japan, people hardly express myself clearly This is Japanese character. In Japan, working well with others is the most important thing.But in the US, it is very different from Japan. If you hide my feeling, nobody take care you. You don’t have to cover up your origins, but you should do as the country. So I agree the idea.

  6. The climate factor

    I think that there is a connection between climate and national character. In my opinion, the character of the people who live in a warm place is magnanimity. On the other hand, the character of the people who live in a region which has strict winter is patient. In fact, generally, it is said that the character of Asians is gentle. The reason is a lot of plants grow well in Asia thanks for the calm climate and it is good for growth of children. Also, it is said that European have a hot temper because the gap of the heat between cold is extreme. When I travel to foreign country, I often feel the connection between climate and national character.

  7. The climate factor.

    People are affected by the climate because the climate changes people’s life style. People who live in warm area do not need to prepare the winter term especially in agriculture but people who live in cold or 4 season area need to prepare the winter. People’s characters are changed by life style and life style is affected by climate.In the reason, People’s personalities are changed by climate and the people made a nation. National characters are affected by climate, too.

  8. Each country has own rules, culture, or customs. Absolutely they should keep their own those things in own county. However, if people go to the other country as newcomers, had better obey actions of there. In my experience, Japanese tend to talk about business or deal with dealer in the middle of drinking at some restaurant after they finish working. It means they actually don’t finish working. But American people don’t really do like that. I think Japanese is shy and don’t show their really intention or mind. However when they are drinking, telling each thought. Also at the school, American students or foreign others have opinion strongly. So I think it’s an identity of the country. If newcomers want to become familiar, when in other countries, do as the other countries do. Because it is one of method to be closer with local people, and be able to learn culture or customs, so is important to be melting pot.

  9. The effect of history on national character

    In the text, there are differences between history and characters of American and Canadian. I agree with the text and I think history is one of the biggest effect to national characters because nation is changed by any events or happening. Japan is peaceful country now but it has national isolation or violence history during the war time. These historical events or failure changed character of Japanese country. Indeed, I think history effect on national character.

  10. Actions of newcomers

    I agree with “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. I think it means that people who go to another country or city have to follow customs of them. I am newcomer to Hawaii. Life in Hawaii is different from life in Japan; transportation doesn’t come on time, I have to pay tip, foods, culture and so on. I must follow these difference customs to live in Hawaii. And, I am getting used to do. So, I agree with the English proverb.

  11. The power of language

    In my opinion, having more than one official language makes the country strong. There are two reasons. The first one is about the national language, English. If one of the official language was English, the nation can have a conversation all over the world without learning. That is really strong point. The second one is about the other one. The other official language which is not national language can make a special meaning of the country. For example, if Japan has English and Japanese for official languages, I do not have to study English. Also I can say or write my thought or feeling by special way like when Japanese decide a name of baby. In English, people just decide it by father’s name or something like that, but in Japanese, people always decide by a meaning of the name’s name. It is really special of Japan. Having original culture is important. Then, having more than one official languages make the country stronger than one official language.

  12. Q2.
    There are two official languages in Canada. I think it makes the country strong because French and English are mixed in daily life and their ways of thinking can expand. there is another example of country which has more than two official languages. Singapore have four official languages because of that, Singapore is now growing that of economy. And I think Belgium should change their language policy because they have three languages in such a small country! so it is very complicated.

  13. Actions of newcomers

    I think we have to do as people in their country especially in public. Each country has each rule. I think each rule is a thing to follow to spend time reasonably there and not to offend them. because of that, we have to follow each rule in public. In private, however, we do not have to do as them because no one is offended and following each rule make us tired.

  14. Actions of newcomers

    I agree with the idea which is ” When in Rome, do as the Roman do.”. Every country has different cultures, customes, food, religious and something like that. It had better to do as people who live the place when you go abroad. For example, we washed clothes almost everyday in Japan but people in Hawaii do laundry only once a week. You will learn new cultures as well.

  15. The power of language
    Canada has two official language. I think that will make country strong because English in world language. If you can speak English and French that will make country strong. I know Malaysia have more languages. They have Englaish,Chinese,Hindi and Malaysian language. I love their culture because I love to learn languages. I think they don’t need to change their languages.

  16. The power of language

    Canada has 2 official languages, English and French. I think it makes country strong because they can communicate with more people than people can speak one language. English is most famous language in the world. Also, people who speak French rank 9th in languages all over the world. Moreover most of Europe has 2 official language and they change their matter of speaking to suit the occasion. I think it’s difficult to study completely but intellectual and good things.

  17. I think it important to use plural official languages.
    Now, there are immeasurable amount of languages in the world.
    If we use only a language, it would be convenient, and you may think it has no problem.
    However, languages make culture richer.
    Each language creates new thinking way, expressive style and so on.
    So, what keep the language play an important role.

  18. 4.The climate factor
    I think there is a connection between geography and national character.
    For example, Japan is a small country. If you clash with others about opinion, there is nowhere to run. Therefore, Japanese people are cooperative and tend to speak indirectly.
    On the other hand, China is a big country. If you clash with others about opinion, you can escape somewhere. Chinese people tend to speak directly.
    In conclution, there is a connection between geography and national character.

  19. The power of language

    There are two official languages in Canada, English and French. I think it is a good point because people can be easy to accept to other language and culture. Moreover, Canada succeeded French immersion. I think it is because there are two official language. In Canada, most of people use English, but their attitude to other language are too high, i think. Canada is the only succeeded country having two official language in the world, i think. Therefore, it makes a country strong to have two official language. On the other hand, India is losing the native Indian language because of English. Indian language is disappearing. It is because India accepted to English as the second official language, and people used more English than Indian language. If Japan would have two official language, Japanese and English, most of people could be balanced bilinguals. It become Japanese strong point.

  20. 2. The power of language. Canada has two official languages. In my opinion, it makes a country strong to have more than one official language. It is because more people can live easily about language in Canada. I knew a country, which have more than one official language. It is Switzerland. There are four official languages. I think U.S. should decide to their office language.

  21. 2.The power of language
    Canada has two official languages. In my opinion, it makes a country strong to have more than one official language. It is because more people can live easily about language in Canada. I knew a country which have more than one official language. It is Switzerland. There are four official languages. For example, German, French, Italian and the Romance languages. I thnk U.S. should decide to their official languages.

  22. Actions of newcomers

    Every year, people come to Japan from all over the world. They have many kinds of religions, speak languages. Although Japan has unique culture, it does not compel them to change their culture. It is important to know minimum manners.

  23. 3 Action of new comer
    “When in Roma, do as the Romans do” means, for instance, when newcomers is not used to working in new companies, they should work to join with co-workers for learning how to work. Therefore, it is earliest memorize knack on the works, and they cannot memory all of ways of working for one day. In my opinion, it is agree that a newcomer keeps joining a different group, because she/he needs to have new culture by the activity in foreign country.

  24. 3. Actions of newcomers

    I think a newcomer to my culture have to cover up his or her origin. Japanese people are formal, polite, and punctual. In Kobe and Yokohama, there are communities for Chinese and they keep some of their own cultures or customs. The proverb means when you go to a new place, you have to behave like people in the place. i agree with it. If you want to get along with people in the area, you should behave like them.

  25. Canada has two official langusges; English and French. I think to have two official languages makes a country weak because English speakers and French speakers can’t know or understand well each other than people who speak same language. To have two different langeages in a country means that there are two different culture ,so it is difficult to know what a partner think of feel. Therefore I think to have different official languages makes a country weak.

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