(Photos and graphics courtesy of Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, WCCCSA’s partner on our Fall 2015 Barcelona study abroad program)
One of the most fascinating things about traveling in a foreign country is the language, the sudden emergence of a completely different script on every common object and structure everywhere around you.
This is particularly (and much more intensely) true when the language in question doesn’t use the Roman alphabet (which is used in English, Spanish, and German, for example), as in the picture above. Especially after 10+ hours on a plane, reeling from jet lag, scanning for familiarity and finding it in something like a freeway sign, then realizing that you have no idea where you are. Or where anything else is.
That’s when you start thinking: I am far more ignorant than I ever could have possibly known. And now it’s time to do something about that.
(Everybody know what language that is? Anybody have a guess at what country this is from? Hint: Shoreline students just made a brief stop there.)
3 months of living in China > 3 quarters of Mandarin in a classroom
(Of course, you’ll get the most benefit if you have some preparation, so don’t skip those classes!)
Trying to master the pronunciation of your good friend Gcobani’s name, which begins with a sort of click. #worldtravelerproblems
(Bonus points and tons of cred to anyone who can identify the language that name comes from without using the interwebs. Showing off in the comments is encouraged.)
1. Japanese: nyan nyan
2. Dutch: knor knor
3. Urdu: meh
4. Spanish: cua cua
5. Swedish: iihaha
6. German: tschiwitt
7. Chinese: wang wang
8. Turkish: uagh
Animals: goat, horse, cat, lion, dog, bird, duck, pig
As promised, here are the correct answers for the quiz: 1. cat 2. pig 3. goat 4. duck 5. horse 6. bird 7. dog 8. lion