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A Boy From Rawanda In The Us And His Experience

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John Smith grew up in Remera, Kigali, Rwanda and did all of his schooling of what the American system calls the kindergarten through twelfth grade there. His first language is the most used language in Rwanda and it is called Kinyarwanda. He came to Fox with the hope of studying Global business and has learned about American culture along the way.
His experience in learning a language was definitely not a positive one. Between the poor teaching style of the teachers at his schools and the limited resources he had it was a difficult start to learning English. The resources available for people to learn another language are critical for the success of the person trying to learn the language. For the Johns journey of learning another language I felt from hearing him was the disappointment that comes along with learning a new language. A reaction for him when people are not understanding what he is trying to say was to just completely stop talking because that is less embarrassing than trying to say what he means over and over. This I imagine would be the most frustrating part of intercultural communication, because the responsibility for understanding and being clear always seems to fall on the person who is learning the language. “Being mindful can also entail being aware that using a second language is more physically and cognitively demanding than speaking one’ native language”(261). This concept from the textbook is something that all people should know but I feel like most don’t realizes this. If more people could be educated on exactly what it entails to learn another language and the toll it takes on the learner it would make people understand why some language learners have such a difficult time learning the language.
John grew up in a collectivist culture and this is a big part that he notices is different between the two cultures. Within these two types of culture he really focused on the effects each style has on the family unit. In the book it talks about how collectivist are interdependent on each other and in individualist cultures children are encouraged to leave the nest (pg.80). I found it thought-provoking how much John had thought about the difference between the family units of the two cultures. He said that the difference between the family units. I found interesting to...

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