This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Language An Culture Essay

982 words - 4 pages

Yeni Gonzalez
English 102
10/7/08

A Real Tradition or Not

A quincianera is a celebration that started in Spain in the eighteenth-century and has been a tradition ever since. However the way they practiced that tradition back then is very different than how it is practiced now. Many people agree that the rite of this celebration has changed dramatically over the time. It has gone from being a tradition to “just a party”. (Vida 52) In the story, “Bikinis and Tiaras: Quincianeras,” Vendela Vida explains how the tradition of quincianeras has changed by interviewing old and young ladies and noticing how their thoughts of a quincianera are sadly totally different. I ...view middle of the document...

One of the girls explains how for her quince is not a big deal as it is for her mother. “I wasn’t even born yet and my mother was already saying ‘I can’t wait for her to have her fifteens.’” (Vida 52) This shows how, “Their mothers are the ones with the memories or and the ones and the stories of their quinces or the regret at not having one, and they are the ones with the dreams of their daughters’ celebrations, and their daughters are born into these dreams.” (Vida 52) This means that since the mothers weren’t able to have a quince because maybe they couldn’t afford one, then they want their daughters to have the greatest party yet. In a way I think this is a good thing because they want the best for their daughters but in the other hand they are just so exited about making such a big party for them that they forget the real meaning of a quince.

Besides not being a tradition anymore, a quincinera now a day is a very costly
2

party. People spend thousands and thousands of dollars just to show off and say, “Look at how pretty my daughter is. Look at how much money I have.” (Vida 53) For most of the people this is the way of showing their friends and relatives that they have made it in this world. These girls don’t care about going to church and thanking God about their beautiful lives anymore although they still do it because “it’s a tradition.” Just last week I went to a mass of a quince where there were only about ten people. However in the reception they didn’t fit because there were over 300 people. The quincienera made her entrance in her beautiful spontaneous dress which I was told it was...

Other Papers Like Language an Culture

Language and Culture Essay

1063 words - 5 pages misunderstood in intercultural communication because most are not aware of them. There is a significant importance for one to learn the differences of various cultures in order for there to be a complete understanding of one's own identity. By learning and knowing about others, an individual can learn what is truly important to themselves. So, how does language reflect a particular culture? Each type of language groups aspects of reality together. In

Language in American Culture Essay

1426 words - 6 pages American culture. Whether or not they choose to change their whole lifestyle into an American way of life, if they take on the English language then they are assimilating to a certain extent. Amy Tan is the author of the essay Mother Tongue. In this essay, she explains how the power of language has influenced her life through her mother and the experiences they have had together concerning her mother’s English speaking ability, or lack thereof. She

Impacts of English Language in Chinese, Economy, Culture and Education

2372 words - 10 pages to learning modernized military methods and an opening for china to work with foreign countries and create alliances. Strained relations with USSR when Russian language was to replace English gave the Western culture a better impact opportunity (Hughes, 2006). The support of English has undergone many difficulties but since the 1980’s China has encouraged working relations and study opportunities in English as it has helped them economically

What Is Culture? How Does It Relate To Communication, Organizational Diversity, And Dress Attire And Language

755 words - 4 pages promoting professionalism in an organization. Language and culture are intimately intertwined as language is the vehicle through ideas and perceptions expressed. Some aspects of a community's culture are expressed in the language they use. The Citigroup organization focuses on maintaining a professional work environment and ensuring that their employees are maintaining an appropriate image when speaking to our 'internal and external' customers.

Business Culture and Language

524 words - 3 pages A definition of Language is “a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition.” Language can become a sort of barrier between people and different communities. The more languages you know the fewer barriers you have between each other. Globalization has made languages that much more important. Along with Language comes culture, you

Reading Between the Text Message Lines: How a Culture Becomes Dependent on Electronic Communication and Changes Language Skills Forever

1915 words - 8 pages David G. Fisher Professor Hallawell English 249 (Linguistics) 25 October 2011 Reading between the text message lines: How a culture becomes dependent on electronic communication and changes language skills forever. They are everywhere, in schoolyards, high school halls, businesses and even our own homes and they are having an effect on our culture at this very minute. You may even be reading this on one right now. They are cell

The Spread of Vernacular Language

567 words - 3 pages “All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once! Camille Paglia The history and the effects of vernacular language on culture in Latin America can date back to the twelfth century where vernacular language was used for means of religious inquiry, social class identification, and formerly, Latin was the most used language wherever a Roman empire

Critical Summary

654 words - 3 pages In her essay “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”, Gloria Anzaldua, a former professor and a feminist, argues that language is tied deeply to our identity. “ Chicanos’ need to identify ourselves as a distinct people. We needed a language with which we could communicate with ourselves, a secret language”, her Chicano culture is in deep connection with their language. She supports this claim first by starting with an example of how her language is not

Bilingual Educatio

1305 words - 6 pages , will understand the subject even better when English is used than a child who has knowledge in English only. Dual bilingual education helps children maintain their native language. The child’s first language is crucial as it helps the child value his or her culture, a positive contributor to self-expression. Children are able to maintain link with family and community members, this prepares them for interaction with distance relatives with their

Language As Means Of Intercultural Communication

4243 words - 17 pages assist individuals for an intercultural sojourn. Both ICC and language education may develop new models that address common areas, enhance positive redundancies, and reinforce each other. When culture-specific orientation is conducted, the target language would be included. When culture-general orientation is conducted, language learning strategies (and general communicative strategies) would be addressed. In both cases, language is

Euphymism

735 words - 3 pages An Exploration of English Euphenism Euphemism 2014/02/13 Wang yusheng Introduction 1.1 The definition of euphemism 1.2 The features of euphemism The relationship among Euphemism, Language and Culture The comparison about English and Chinese Euphemisms Conclusion References Introduction 1.1 The definition of Euphemism Oral communication is one

Related Essays

Language Culture Essay

1454 words - 6 pages Yuchen Xiao Comp 099 Critical Essay #1 February 8,2016 Language Culture Min-Zhan Lu in “From Silence to Words,” describe the struggle she faced speaking english when she grew up in China, and how she learn English under China Culture Revolution. She was so upset that she can not use english at school, and she feels she cannot write without the influences of her language and culture at home. Lu believe that one’s writing will not

Language And Culture Essay

1474 words - 6 pages Language and culture are both unique phenomena to human beings and therefore attract considerable anthropological, sociological, and linguistic study. In Chapter 14 of Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, Everett evaluates the relationship of language and culture from a linguistic point of view. Although he titles this part of the book “The Partnership between Language and Culture,” in his discussion clearly exists an inclination to explore whether

Language, Culture, And Behavior Essay

1042 words - 5 pages July 12, 2010 COM 200: Interpersonal Communication Professor Doug Seigler Language, Culture, and Behavior Can one’s culture affect their communication behaviors? According to an article by Margaret Cote entitled “Language Reflects Culture”, the answer is yes. She begins by discussing the cultural differences between the Saulteaux Indian language and the English language. She states that “language determines the way a person views the

Language, Culture, And Behavior Essay

1032 words - 5 pages Language, Culture, and Behavior Can one’s culture affect their communication behaviors? According to an article by Margaret Cote entitled “Language Reflects Culture”, the answer is yes. She begins by discussing the cultural differences between the Saulteaux Indian language and the English language. She states that “language determines the way a person views the world” and describes how Indian people view things around them differently than