My Language Essay

Language is a very important part of my life. Languages have taught me a great deal. They have taught me about different cultures. But most importantly I have understood the beauty of communication. I’ve learned how valuable and how important communication is. The many kinds of languages may bring their differences, but at least we can communicate with each other.
One foundation for the importance of language in my life is it helps me learn my native language even better. In other words, when I was learning Spanish, I acquired more knowledge about the English sentence structure. I understood English in a different way than I used to. 
People say if you look at a country’s currency, then you can learn a lot about their culture. I tend to disagree, I believe that when you learn a country’s language you can learn a great deal about their culture. When languages are spoken, they are parts of culture in it. Once I learned the basics of Thai, I had a sense of the culture. For example, they say “ka” at the end of a sentence (sawadee ka). My teacher explained to me that they use this when they are talking to elders. This two-letter word shows that Thai people respect their elders. Whereas, in English we do not have ‘polite’ words and our culture respects people older than us but no where near what the Thai people do. 
Some skills only last a short time, but not languages; languages last a lifetime. Languages open career paths to those who know multiple ones. In our society and even in our world, communication is super important. Languages are used everyday for the sole purpose of communicating. Without languages, I do not know how the world would function. An abundance of people take languages for granted, and many do not realize how valuable they are. 
I’m going to share a personal experience with you. In the U.S., our foreign language curriculum consists of Spanish, since Arizona is located close to Mexico. I have been learning Spanish from when I was in kindergarten up to this point. It was just new words and new phrases I didn’t give it a second thought. Once I moved to a foreign country, only then did my eyes open to a whole new world. People I have met while I have been overseas know multiple languages. I admired those who know many languages. Learning a language is a skill that is invaluable and is a lifetime gift. 
Language in itself is a skill and an important part of culture. Only when you learn it do you realize how significant communication is and more about your own native language. Despite, languages taking some time and patience to learn, in the end it is all worth it. Only then did I realize the beauty of communication and how valuable languages are.

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Shine: Photo Challenge

For the daily photo challenge, they challenged me to take a photo of something that shines. I didn’t choose this photo just beacause of the sun, I chose this photo because the picture in a whole shines.  

I took this photo in Gili Air, Bali. Btw, all the photo challenge photos are taken by me. What do you think? I love hearing your comments. 

Where in the World Would You Most Like to Travel?

Recently, the Travel Section published the 52 Places to Go in 2017. From number one to number 52. From Canada to Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

I will take you through a rundown of five of the fifty-two places to go.

#1 Canada

Canada is huge! There’s probably so many places to travel and things to come! I’m putting it first on my own list on places to go! 

  • Canada’s over 200 national parks are free to get into. Let’s go now! Gives national park lovers an excuse to head to Canada. 
  • Plus, the exchange rates mean American travelers get more for their money! Yay! Canadians will probably see a lot of Americans there!

     #2 Atacama Desert, Chile

Judging by the picture, this desert looks like an exotic place to travel. It will definitely go on my list of places to see. The Atacama Desert is know as the world’s highest desert. There is ‘wind-carved duns and kaleidoscopic salt lakes’. Sounds interesting. But there is no way I am going to walk through the whole desert. Haha. I think this desert is pretty exotic and definitely speaks ‘travel’ to me. So for the number two pick, I’ll give you a thumbs up!

Here we go:

#3 Agra, India

That picture is absolutely stunning! It seems like India  is rich in their culture; I can totally see so many elements of culture in this photo. It says ‘2017 also promises new reasons to venture beyond’. What they mean is that in Agra, India there will be more things to see besides the Taj Mahal. Honestly, I was really surprised that they said it. The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. The article states that they have done some remodeling in the surronding areas, a new dinning complex, and better transportation. I want to go!

#4 Zematt, Switzerland

Oops, there is no picture but if you go on the New York Time’s website there’s a 360 degree video that you can watch. I watched the video, it is amazing and totally worth it to watch. Although, sadly it is not the same as being there.Honestly, it is spectacular about all the places we can bring to people through a click of a button. The climate is cold, it would be nice to get out of the humidity of Bangkok for a while. It seems like a great way to spend your time in Switzerland. It says there is ‘a permanent open-air theater’ that has performances of ‘Romeo and Juliet on Gornergrat’. So if you want a break from the heat, this place should be at the top of your list. I agree that Zematt should be at number four.

Last but not least is……………………

#5 Botswana

Wow! You can’t go to Africa without seeing wildlife. So this would be at the top of my places to go in Africa for sure! I would love to go here!

 

As I look down the 52 Places to Go in 2017 List, I found surprising:

  • #7 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

It is on this list because the U.S.’s first solar eclipse in 38 years will happen here and everyone will want to travel to there!

  • #9 Detroit, Michigan

Detroit!! Wow!!

  • #12 Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenville! East coast!!

#26 Kazakhastan

    Interesting choice….

    • #30 Chiang Mai, Thailand

    I’ve been there! At least I’ve been to one of the places on the list! Hahahahahahaha!

    • #31 Napa Valley, California

    I’ve been to California but not Napa Valley. I should go! 

    • #33 Sedona, Arizona

    If your a desert lover, it is perfect for you. But also make sure to check out the Grand Canyon, too. LOL.

    • #38 Antequera, Spain

    Cool!

    • #40 Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

    Again, perfect for national park lovers.

    • #45 Birmingham, Alabama

    Perfect for the beer lovers out there. 

     

    That wraps up my take on the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2017.

    Please comment below I’d love to hear what y’all thought of the 52 places listed.

    In my upcoming blog posts, I will promise to share with you my own Top 10 Places to Travel in 2017. So stay tuned…..

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