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  • Personal Narrative: My Bilingual Education

    two literacies made up my entire life. But neither of those literacies affected me in the same way that my third language did. At 15 years old, I became obsessed with the Japanese language. I remember picking up a self-teaching book at Chapters and devouring it chapter by chapter, and the more I knew, the more I craved to know more. However, it was never my plan to learn to write in Japanese. I found their writing system beautiful, to be sure; but not to the point of dedicating myself to learning over two thousand characters spanning over three different alphabets, and then some. However, the first two alphabets, collectively called ‘kana,’ only have about a hundred characters to them. Furthermore, they are phonetic, which means that they represent one sound that never changes regardless of context, unlike the third alphabet whose characters have multiple readings and whose pronunciation depends entirely on context. With this in mind, when I saw a free online program that promised to teach you how to read and write both kana alphabets…

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  • Embracing Cultural Differences: Personal Statement

    Personal Statement 1) General Statement Embracing cultural differences can stimulate our minds in ways that challenge us to understand the world from different perspectives. Captivating young minds to become knowledgeable about other ways of living, as well as improving cultural awareness, is essential to dissolve the artificial barriers that separate us. It would be a privilege to play a part in such an important affair. My interest in Japan was aroused in 2014 when a friend introduced me…

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  • Doctor Akagi And Akira Comparison

    remarkable similarities (social structure, hierarchy, and inequality). These features mean that a comparison of the two films is both interesting and appropriate, and provides a useful commentary on what many Japanese though of their society, across time culture and place. One aspect in particular that I will seek to analyze, is a good look at the how the two films, portray their societies. I will look at what has changed from the ‘past’ (Akagi) and the ‘future’ (Akira); looking at what has…

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  • What Are Mesopotamia's Greatest Accomplishments

    them who they are known as today. Mesopotamia had many key events that improved their way of living. These important events were held in different periods. Some of them contain the Ubaid period, Uruk period, and the Jemdet Nasr period. The Jemdet Nasr period stands out greater because of one main event; the creation of writing. Mesopotamia started off with the success of creating agricultural systems. The region relied on its potent fertile soil, which they acquire through their steady water…

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  • Western Civilization Chapter 1 Summary

    Euphrates rivers and evolved to three definite societies: Sumer (2000s B.C), Babylonia (1000s B.C.), and Assyria (after 700s B.C.). The first known cities were founded by the Sumerians using architecture of mud and brick. The location of the cities was extremely important due to the availability of water. The need for water in agriculture caused the Sumerians to create irrigation systems necessary for a dependable food supply for the…

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  • Languages Of Another Language

    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” by Charlemagne, by being able to speak another language it shows respect and determination to those who originated with that language as their first. As for today there is a wide variety of different languages that are officially recognized, extinct, or unofficial languages, since there are vast amount of different languages, there 's a few that have adopted some of each other’s culture, by having different or similar alphabet or writing…

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  • Evolution Of Japanese Culture

    A staggering twenty percent of the Japanese population exceeds the age of 65 (Panda)! In comparison to the United States with an average age of 38, Japan’s median age surpasses that by 9 years (Find the Data). As a result, not many women give birth each year; only about 1.39 births per woman (Panda). In examining the long, distinguished history, social, and economic status of Japan, one discovers the ongoing struggle for Japan to raise its birthrate in order to save its economy. Although Japan…

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  • Comparing Japan's Language Policies In Iceland And Japan

    forces of English (Hilmarsson-Dunn & Kristinsson 2010). In Japan, on the other hand, Japanese is a ‘killer language’ due to the reluctance to acknowledge the existence of indigenous languages, let alone their rights, until recently (Gottlieb…

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  • Japanese Culture Research Paper

    Brief Description of Japanese Culture Both Japan’s unique geographical conditions and its long history, created today’s unique Japanese culture. The Japanese culture is a complex and sophisticated system that has been developing within itself and under the influences of neighbor countries for thousands of years. Geisha, Samurai, sakura, tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, kimonos, Japanese characters and language and Shinto constitute the traditional Japanese culture. Japan has received foreign…

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  • Analysis Of The Red Tree By Shaun Tan

    locked up by her own regret. She feels as if she is missing out on beautiful and exciting opportunities because her regret is keeping her prisoner. Another page in which written language is used within the illustration is “Without sense or reason.” (Appendix 5) Written text is used on this page to create a sense of confusion. The illustration is a collage of planes, buildings and abstract faces that have been created from cut outs of newspapers or text books. Without reading the text within the…

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