Essay competition, winner from Turkey
"WE BREATHE IN OUR LANGUAGE AND SWIM IN OUR SECOND" -ADAM GOPNİK
Learning a foreign language means more than just mastering its grammar, vocabulary and phonology. 21st Century Jociety Crosses borders confidently, each new day exploring the most hidden pats of our planet and bringing changes. Successful cross cultural communication requires culturally aware communicators, those who respond appropriately in a given social context, show empathy, tolerance and openness towards other communicators. Language and culture are related and dependent on each other. Language is formed by culture, while culture is influenced and impacted by language. Language is the medium of culture. Culture and language shape one's identity and personality. This the importance of culture and language to one's individual identity.