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Definition Paragraph Comp

Definition Paragraph Comp

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Definition Paragraph Comp
Definition Paragraph Comp

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Published by: JackLavey on Mar 02, 2013
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Jack Lavey
Due 9/26/12Type: Definition paragraphPurpose: To inform upon the definition of a linguistAudience: Peers, travelers, potential language-learners
It Takes More Than an A+
Linguistics often become crucial when involving oneself in travel or internationalrelations, and several requirements must be met in order to embody a first-rate linguist. InAmerican society, a very low value gets put on language mastery. Most Americans automaticallyassume that people from foreign countries will speak English, or that school-learned foreignlanguage will suffice when attempting to converse or traffic with a native speaker, yet that
assumption often turns out false, resulting in the awkward “language barrier”. Both in business
and in travel, this type of situation can appear disrespectful, confusing, and arrogant to the non-English speaker. To solve this problem, a quality linguist knows both the culture
language of the area in which he travels. For example, if a tourist with top linguistic skills were to travel toGermany and order three glasses of water, he would hold up his thumb, forefinger, and middle
finger as the gesture meaning “three”. This differs from the American way of gesturing “three”,
in which one holds up their ring, middle, and forefinger. Small cultural nuances such as this
separate “good” linguist from a “bad” one. Furthermore, a linguist includes one who does not
simply learns a language for a school grade. In fact, this type of language learning does notconstitute mastery at all
, even if a student passes through his classes with all A’s. Many people
have the ability to fluently speak a language using proper grammar and vocabulary, but do theytruly possess the full language? To be exact, true mastery comes from immersion in a particular 

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