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Communication. It’s vital to our species. More so than fire or the wheel, the ability to communicate is what has made humans the dominant species. Greg Satell wrote an interesting article for Forbes about communication. Here is a part I found interesting.
So while we need to communicate, we do it in our own way. The world is full of languages, dead and alive. Some are recent, like Esperanto. Some are ancient, Chinese in Asia and Latin in Europe. From these languages have sprouted dozens and hundreds of others, that ties their syntax and grammar to their parent. Japanese Kanji is based on Chinese and the Romance languages, such as French and German can trace back to Latin. So tonight, let’s talk about communication and how we do it.
1. What languages have you learned aside from your native? Why did you learn it? Was it for business, or pleasure?
2.What language would you like to learn?
Keep in mind that these don’t have to be real world languages. If you have learned Klingon fluently or would like to learn Sindarian, then talk about it. If that topic doesn’t interest you, then talk about whatever you want.
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Tonight’s music is going to be from Bob Dylan. I know i’m going older here but if we’re going to talk about mastering a language you can’t miss out on Bob Dylan. The man was a true poet and master of words. Here are a few of my favorites from his many wonderful songs.
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Tangled Up In Blue
Lily,Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts
Like A Rolling Stone