Some people think that living in a country is essential to learn that country’s language and culture
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
A sizable proportion of people consider physically living in a country, a necessity to master the local customs and language. In my opinion, although various lingos and cultures can be learnt from online courses and content, however, residing in a specific country can ensure their proper application and use in daily life.
Seeking new cultures and languages has become relatively easy because people are inclined to learn from the numerous teaching courses and content available online. People from different countries can use the internet as a medium for not only highlighting their traditional skills and cultural beliefs via skits and dramas, but also for preaching those who wish to learn them in the form of detailed documentries. Similar is the case with languages as a plethora of video lessons can be seen on online platforms. Languages ranging from widely spoken English to a language spoken in a small country like Pakistan called Urdu, for example, can be conveniently learnt from Youtube Channels and language courses provided by native teachers. Therefore, the internet can make foreign languages and cultures accessible in the comfort of the netizen’s house.
On the other hand, i am also convinced that relocating to the another country is important to fully apply and practice its culture in daily life for better understanding. Because the lessons taught online may be forgotten without daily practice, assimilating with the locals can be beneficial for understanding their customs and values. In addition, the learning process becomes an interesting experience in which the seeker is more likely to learn effortlessly instead of listening to long lectures. An immigrant living in South Korea, for instance, can learn the Korean Mannerism, honorofics for the older people and drinking ettiquetes from native people with little or no effort. Thus, spending time in a country can provide the people who wish to learn a first hand experience with the linguistic and cultural values.
In conclusion, I think media and online teaching classes can greatly enhance one’s knowledge about a certain country’s traditions or language but they are more likely to move to that country for full understanding by applying them in daily life.