Speaking In A Person’s Native Tongue, Singing In A Person’s Native Tongue

Native Tongue

August 19, 2017

Allan Stevo

I will never regret the 10 or 20 fun hours of my life spent learning to sing Polish folk songs and the 10 fun minutes a few times a year to refresh my memory.

I was recently reminded of this when past check-in time, I entered a mountain treasure in Maplecrest in the Catskills of New York and found a Polish couple Jan and Agnieszka, the owners and operators.

Having been to a person’s homeland and to be able to talk about it with some proficiency means so much. A few words in a person’s native language means even more. You reach a person’s heart with their native language. A few lines of a song sung in their native tongue immediately assumes you in their culture and proves how well-placed you are, how knowledgeable you are, and how deferential to learning about that culture you are.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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  • Yeah, Talking with a person in his own native language brings you much closer to him. That’s actually a part of Human Nature. I enjoyed reading the linked article. Have a great day ahead.

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