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Pardon My French

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Paris by Zoya1 Comment

As a Chinese-American, along with my native English fluency, I speak Cantonese (learned from home), Mandarin (learned from Chinese school), as well as my current French ability (from high school and one semester of Intermediate I). Having known and learned three additional languages, I can safely say that I’m pretty shit at it. Definitely more fluent with Cantonese and Mandarin, …

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Land of the ‘Mates’

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Sydney by Brianna2 Comments

Botton mentions the word “exotic” and its early connotations. He says, “In the first half of the nineteenth century, the term became synonymous with the Middle East.” Later it was “the Orient.” Growing up with a Caribbean background, different English dialects were exotic to me, the Australian accent being one of them. For some unknown reason, I have always been …

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Non Parlo Italiano (Yet)

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Florence by Bhavani Pitti1 Comment

Studying abroad in Florence, learning and speaking Italian is naturally an integral component to my abroad experience. Prior to coming here, I had not even remotely begun familiarizing myself with the Italian language, save for “ciao”, “grazie”, and “aiuto”, for “hi”, “thank you”, and “help”. I did not know, and still barely know, any basic verbs, prepositions, articles, or just …