The notes for my final talk at LATINA Winter in Haikou were brief:
A culture is the way we do things:
- a way of acting
- a way of thinking
- a way of teaching
- a way of learning
A culture is a way of life.
- To learn a language is to learn a way of life. Wittgenstein.
Three guidelines on the web
- Be polite
- Be personal
- Be persistent
Last week LATINA Lab conducted an intensive six-day training course in China.
The class had room for thirty students. They had been selected from a substantially larger number of applicants – and were young, bright and hard-working. The Chinese cult/ure of learning is very, very strong.
The tradition goes very far back. High Chinese officials (“mandarins”) were selected on the basis of their learning.
For around 1300 years, from 605 to 1905, mandarins were selected by merit through the extremely rigorous imperial examination [Wp]