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“On the Exotic” British English

In Communicating, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

On Sunday, I had the privilege of meeting with my AP Literature teacher from my senior year of high school. My graduating class was the last class she taught at our small Catholic high school before pursuing a second master’s degree at Oxford University. Having since graduated from Oxford, she now researches at Royal Holloway, University of London as part …

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In Communicating, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Cyrus1 Comment

As Botton explained, the word ‘exotic’ has a different meaning everywhere. To me an ‘exotic’ quality derives from a faraway object. It is like a horizon, when you think you’re getting closer it’s unreachable. In the case of exoticism, the more familiar you become with a foreign culture, the less it seems exotic. As I explore the mannerisms of Shanghai …

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Up Against It: Imaginary and real barriers

In Communicating, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Andrew GrahamLeave a Comment

For the first time in my life, I feel the burden of a language barrier. The inability to communicate with locals in China can feel frustrating, especially when I think back to my last travel abroad experience. Studying away in an English-speaking nation like the United Kingdom couldn’t be more different from facing the unfamiliar sounds of Mandarin each day. …

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The Art of the Hand Gesture

In Florence, Communicating, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Ethan Kraft1 Comment

Lately I’ve been under a lot of pressure from my Italian class.  Homework, an upcoming assessment, and an oral examination quickly piled up,  which means I’ve been pretty lax in the whole, “functioning like a normal adult” division.   I have a tendency when I get stressed out by homework and assignments to let everything- eating, cleaning my room,  communicating with friends, sleeping, …

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Learning the Language, Losing the Culture

In Berlin, Communicating, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

German’s internationality makes it far easier to communicate than most countries I’ve visited. Try speaking Thai in a remote village and you suddenly become very good at charades. As my introductory German salutations and accent improve its nice to see people addressing me in German rather than immediately dropping into Englisch. The similarities between the two languages helps a lot …

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Chasing Anglicisms

In Communicating, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Annie1 Comment

“je prends un espresso, svp” (I’ll have an espresso, please) “vous voudrez un expresso?” (you want an expresso?) “…oui, merci” (…yes, thanks) I’ve been studying French for 5-ish years, which means I shouldn’t really have trouble communicating. And for the most part, I don’t, but there are tiny American/anglophone mannerisms that I unintentionally sprinkle into my speech that set me …

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Communication Dictionary: A Flaubert Style Catalogue

In Communicating, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Haley Menchel2 Comments

To say that communication is difficult for me here in Shanghai is an understatement. Having any sort of a back and fourth is impossible, but it’s afforded me the opportunity to explore other means of communication such as: hand gestures, vocal fluctuation and mixing languages. To mimic Flaubert’s “On the Exotic” I want to create a dictionary if you will for my …

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May I Get a Glass of Water… Please?

In Communicating, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally1 Comment

Because London is an English speaking nation, there would be no communication issues, right? Wrong. Before reading Flaubert’s take on the exotic, I never recognized street signs, gestures, and decorum as a form of communications here in London. I regarded London as a metropolitan city much like  Los Angeles or New York. I mean, Los Angeles and New York are …

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In Communicating, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by James Gregory1 Comment

Coming to Shanghai, I had some understanding of the language barrier that I would face once I arrived. In nearly every place I have ever visited, English was either the spoken language, or most of the native population had a basic understanding of English, and therefore I was able to communicate with them with relative ease. I knew that very …

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Reduced to a Pre-schooler

In Communicating, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by KyleLeave a Comment

Before arriving in Shanghai, my Chinese was at “beginner-textbook” level. The reason I add the “textbook” part instead simply saying “beginner” is because my Chinese was – like a textbook – only good on paper. Was it practical? I thought so. But when I got to the Shanghai airport, my dreams were shattered by my taxi driver. When I tried to have a …