An inspirational look at how language and culture transcend boundaries of individual perception and understanding. Three people share their stories of travel and cultural discovery through language. Traveling abroad is a humbling experience, one they value and chose to share with the rest of the world.

Language and Culture

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  • Jonathan S

    This is pretty cool guys. I like the stories and the fact that you show that there is more to language and culture than just learning how to say words and make sentences. You should make more segments like this one.

  • Katie Rodriguez

    Ive been really interested in studying abroad both through PSU and on my own. This video is pretty inspiring!!

  • Justin Brown

    As a videographer and editor for PSU.TV, I feel that having an understanding of culture and diversity is just one of many aspects of our being that provide us the perspective we need to make valuable decisions in life. It pleases me to bring our viewers inspiring segments like our “Language and Culture” piece. Keep watching and we will be sure to continue delivering inspiring and informative content to help broaden your perspective and enrich your viewing experience.

  • Ridhi

    As an socio-cultural anthropologist hailing from a vastly different cultural background in India, now immersed in Portland’s unique culture, I find myself intrigued by this piece on multiple levels. Thank you for sharing the intoxicating vibrancy of life that intercultural engagement enlivens.

  • Angela Hamilton

    Nice! It brings me back to the early days of my years in Ecuador. Shayna really hit it on the nose about how speaking another language opens changes how you think and put words together. The way Ecuadorians play on words and speak metaphorically is fun and poetic in ways that our “get it done” US-English doesn’t inspire. Now with texting language, words seem to be even more detached from the capacity to inspire mental imagery and felt meaning.

    I would love to see interviews with international students’ experiences here at PSU as a complement to this piece! 🙂

  • Geoff Peterson

    Great job, Justin! As someone who has traveled mos of my life, and has studied abroad in the Czech Republic, I would encourage people to visit other cultures for pleasure or school. Traveling is the best way to get a better perspective on your own county as well as the one you are visiting.

  • Danilo Kah

    I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

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