I have always loved meeting people of other cultures. Even if they were Americans but held onto their family’s ethnic culture. I guess we all have a culture of sorts. The way we do things, our life style. Some are more original than others. I believe it is good to let our kids experience other family’s ways of doing things. We don’t have to agree. It’s just good to know that there are people, just the same as us, but they have different ways of doing things. I believe it helps our children to expand their horizons when they grow into adulthood and begin making their our cultures.
I lived a pretty sheltered life. We had family friends, but we were all the same. We shopped at the same stores that were very American in their products. Occasionally my mom would surprise me. I remember one Easter I found a small box in my Easter basket with chocolates from Holland shaped like wooden shoes. They were delicious. She bought them every year until the US no longer let them in – at least that is what I was told. But I have found them online through the Vermont Country Store. Vermont Country Store
As I expanded my horizons, I found myself in Southern California for several years. Love Mexican food. And people. We had the most wonderful neighbors that taught me so much. Then I met Romanians and their generosity. The list goes on. I discovered Pier 1 stores and THEN, World Market. I feel as though I have walked into the whole world when I shop there.
Now, the world of internet blogging has brought me friends from, Pakistan, India, Singapore, Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Manila, I could go on and on. I love it.
But I want to tell you what I don’t love. I do not love that I don’t know another language. I get visits from blogs and when I go to theirs it is in a foreign language. I can pick out Spanish (2 years in high school and S. California living), maybe French and German. I’ve tried to use the translate button, although most do not have one, and cannot figure out how to use it. I don’t even know what language I’m trying to translate most of the time. I have a translate button on my site – I am so sorry to anyone who cannot use it.
My point is, it is my education. In my day we were required two years of a foreign language in high school. I chose Spanish. I can read Spanish but have no idea what I am reading for the most part. I think if I studied it, I could do well.
However, that doesn’t help me now. I want to apologize to the other countries that I find on this blogging venture. Most of you seem to also know English – or you have a great program that translates it for you – I’m embarrassed for our country and me that does not take seriously the learning of other languages. I know there are many Americans that do, but I think most of us do not. And that, I am sorry for.
Please know that I am not a cocky American who thinks everyone else in this world needs to speak my language. That repels me greatly, that mindset. I will do my best to learn something. I’m thinking French. I have a daughter-in-law who speaks French, therefore, we could practice together ( it would be helpful to have someone I can converse with). You can meet Tineke here: http://viewfromgramarye.wordpress.com/about-me/
According to the Briggs Myers personality test – I should be able to pick up languages easily. I’m afraid I bought into the American laziness. I will change that. Hold me to it, kind readers, please.
So on that note – Feliz Navidad, etc. I only know this because of Jose Feliciano, AND I’m being funny)
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12 thoughts on “The International World of Blogging”
love the rearrangement of your blog, and just want you to know that I have the same trouble with languages – and wish I didn’t.
thank you. and the language thing really bugs me. But I know, for me, I need to do something. I tried mandarin – but my chinese friend moved away. onward I go. 😀
Great post! And I just followed your daughter in law. 🙂
Oh good. She is so talented! Thank you. 🙂
Thanks for providing the link. What a find! 🙂 Hope you are doing well, not too stressed. 🙂
I’m good. Caught a cold from grand daughter. But winter break is just beginning so I’m free until end of January. :). How are you?
Nice that you get a break. It’s so great that you are available to be with your grandchildren like that. 🙂 I’m stressed over the deadlines, but I’m trying not to worry about it. Just keep moving, AND still take time for me. So I hope to post again today. It’s weird to NOT post for a few days, after I’d been doing it so regularly. We still have four more weeks of classes and then final exams before a break. I’m trying to hold on. 🙂
Aww. You can do it. Take breaths often. My other son teaches and deadlines stress him big time. I look forward to your posts. I’m way behind on reading. I should have time now.
Reading? What’s that? haha OK, I have a book chapter due to the layout department tomorrow, so I’m going to go work on the finishing touches. Will check in soon. 🙂
Ok. Try to rest my friend.
Are the chocolate wooden shoes tiny? Like about an inch long? If so, I think they are at World Market right now. I saw some on Friday! They were either $6 or $8—can’t remember which.
Yes! Oh my. Thank you. 😀
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