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  • 1. Language and CultureLecture ThreeCulture Fusion
  • 2. Culture Fusion What we will be talking about: The many different types of Fusion that take place between Chinese cultures and other cultures The advantages and disadvantages of this fusion Is this fusion helpful or harmful?
  • 3. Types of Fusion Language Fusion Cuisine Fusion Tourist Fusion Medicinal Fusion (next week)
  • 4. Language Fusion Chinese has started to be recognized as a upcoming super power which has sparked the interest for many to learn how to speak Chinese English is a universal language but in order to do business and close deals without an interpreter, many people are trying to learn the language
  • 5. Language Fusion In order to work for places such as the United Nations, you are required to know more than one language at least (3 is ideal) Because a lot of business trades and deals are being done with China at a rapid pace and a lot of attention is being focused on Chinas economy and social standing, it would be beneficial to be able to communicate with important members of the country in their mother tongue
  • 6. Language Fusion English has also made its way into the Chinese culture Sayings such as ok bye-bye no problem are words that are frequently used instead of using the Chinese version of these words Increasingly, the use of idioms are being used by Chinese ESL learners in order to converse more naturally with English native speakers
  • 7. Language Fusion Idioms: A group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., raining cats and dogs). Examples of some idioms: A Chip On Your Shoulder: Being upset for something that happened in the past.
  • 8. Idioms A Dime A Dozen: Anything that is common and easy to get. Close but no Cigar: To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short. A Piece of Cake: A task that can be accomplished very easily.
  • 9. Idioms Eighty Six: A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away On The Fence: Undecided. Hold Your Horses: Be patient. No Dice: To not agree. To not accept a proposition.
  • 10. Idioms Icing On The Cake: When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have. Let Bygones Be Bygones: To forget about a disagreement or argument When It Rains, It Pours: Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.
  • 11. Discussion Are there any idioms that you are familiar with either because you hear them often or because you use them yourself? Explain 5 minutes
  • 12. Language Fusion The rise of ESL schools in China has a significant impact on the fusion of Chinese and Western Culture When learning English you also learn the basic communication practices of the Western World (Canada, United States, Great Britain and other English speaking countries)
  • 13. Language Fusion Cultural mistakes are said to make people more uncomfortable than grammatical mistakes This means that along with the ESL teaching, there is an element that includes cultural education
  • 14. Language Fusion Culture is a key part of every language which makes it virtually impossible to teach a foreign language without also teaching students about the culture You cannot teach a language separate from its culture Learning about the culture along with the language helps students gain a deeper insight into the language that you are learning
  • 15. Language & Culture Language and culture are closely associated with each other which means that as much as culture has an affect on language, language has an effect on culture.
  • 16. Discussion (10 minutes) How has learning English helped you to learn more about Western cultures? Do you think that you would be as knowledgeable in Western culture if you had not studied English as a second language? How have you benefited from learning about Western culture?
  • 17. Tourism and Language Fusion Subway Tour guides (great wall, forbidden city) Silk market (Fusion of Chinese culture with Western Languages) Great wall tour
  • 18. Tourism and Language Fusion Subway System When I first got to China and knew nothing at all about the subway system, the fact that they used English helped my journey Much more relaxed knowing that they speak in Chinese first and then also in English for tourists who may be riding the subway
  • 19. Tourism and Language Fusion Subway Signs The signs on the subway for each stop are written in Chinese Characters but also in Pin Yin for people who are not native speakers and cannot understand how to read Characters They do not make Western names for the stations when helps you learn how to say certain words properly
  • 20. Tourism and Language Fusion Subway automated voice is also helpful if you want to know how a certain subway stop is pronounced You can listen to them say the name of the station and then repeat after them, this is the easiest way to get familiar with some Chinese words
  • 21. Tourism Culture Fusion Beijing has a lot to offer in terms of tourism culture fusion This means that there are many traditional Chinese landmarks and attractions that represent the history and culture of China for tourists Tourists are able to experience and learn about the Chinese culture with the help of tour guides who speak and understand English
  • 22. Tourism Culture Fusion Forbidden City: there is so much to learn and see that a tour guide is often helpful to explain the significance of the certain parts of the forbidden city This allows tourists to experience Chinese culture in their native language (there are tour guides that speak many different languages)
  • 23. Great Wall Tour Maybe people come to Beijing to see and climb the Great Wall of China Most people are taken on a tour of many other places along with the Great Wall so that they can learn more about the Chinese culture Example: Jade factory, silk factory, pearl factory, Dr. Tea Olympic stadium
  • 24. Great Wall Tour On this tour, tourists learn about how pearls are made, how to tell real jade from fake jade, how silk is made, drink and learn about Chinese tea, and they can even get good massages and meet traditional Chinese doctors who can help them
  • 25. Silk Street
  • 26. Silk Street Silk Street (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xishuji, aka Silk Market, Silk Street Market) is a shopping center in Beijing that accommodates over 1,700 retail vendors, notorious among international tourists for their wide selection of counterfeit designer brand apparels.
  • 27. Silk Street The Silk Street attracts approximately 20,000 visitors daily (from 9am to 9pm) on weekdays and between 50,000 and 60,000 on weekends as of 2006 The original outdoor Xiushui Market (a.k.a. Silk Alley) was located in Xiushui Dongjie, south-east of Ritan near the First Embassy Area of Beijing
  • 28. Silk Street It attracted 20,000 locals and foreigners on weekends and reaped a total annual sales volume of 100 million Yuan (US$12.5m). Perfect blend of western culture and Chinese culture The silk market offers many traditional Chinese goods as well as many Western goods

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