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Language and Cultural Tips - talking about potential friends, neighbours, new friends, waves, small rock

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Hi, this is Randall. When visiting a new country, probably the greatest thing that you can do for you and for the people you represent is to try to speak the language of the other people. Too often, I find students that say that they have a difficult time making new friends, but how would you make friends if you're sitting on a bus communicating in your own language with your friends and at the same time shutting out the people who perhaps could be potential friends, potential neighbors? So instead, do all that you can to speak the language and to learn it even if you don't learn it very well because what you do can have all a rippling effect on other people, in other words, when you drop a small rock or stone in to a pond, those waves that are produced by that small rock can have a lasting impact on other people. So speak the language, and you will leave a great impression about you and your people.


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Hi, this is Randall. When visiting a new country, probably the greatest thing that you can do for you and for the people you represent is to try to speak the language of the other people. Too often, I find students that say that they have a difficult time making new friends, but how would you make friends if you're sitting on a bus communicating in your own language with your friends and at the same time shutting out the people who perhaps could be potential friends, potential neighbors? So instead, do all that you can to speak the language and to learn it even if you don't learn it very well because what you do can have all a rippling effect on other people, in other words, when you drop a small rock or stone in to a pond, those waves that are produced by that small rock can have a lasting impact on other people. So speak the language, and you will leave a great impression about you and your people.

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