When you don’t know your country

When you’ve spent a decade in one place and have no idea what country you are, what your job title is, and what your citizenship status is, the chances of you living anywhere else in the world are high. 

But when you’re stuck in one spot, there is little choice but to learn the language of that country. 

You might be asked questions like: Are you an American citizen?

Do you speak English?

Do  you have a passport?

Do your parents speak English in your home country? 

You may also find yourself asking questions about the customs of your home nation, or even about your own culture and history. 

A study conducted by the University of Oxford and the Royal United Services Institute reveals the impact of having no idea about where you are on the map, and it is not pretty. 

The study examined the responses of over 2,000 people from the world’s biggest social media platforms. 

It found that, on average, a person from a given country can expect to spend around four months living in a given place, but that it takes three years for a person to learn English. 

That means that, even if you’ve been in the same country for a year, it is possible that you will spend three years learning the language of a new country.

Why do this?

Because, even in the most remote places in the globe, people often know a lot about their own country.

They know its official language, have an understanding of its culture, and its history.

In short, they know its geography and its geography is the country.

And, even more importantly, they know its identity.

It is not only a matter of learning a new language; the very concept of belonging is one of the most basic building blocks of a community. 

For this reason, it makes sense that people in places like Thailand and Mexico would gravitate towards countries with a large community and where there is a lot of cultural exchange.

It is this kind of culture and identity that can allow us to learn and improve our language.

The study also looked at the impacts of people who knew more than one language.

For example, it found that people who have spent more than three years in a country have a higher likelihood of learning English, a language that is more commonly spoken by people from other countries.

So, if you are trying to learn a new culture, it might be worthwhile to think about learning more than one.

It may also be worthwhile studying the language that you are learning.

When you have no choice but to know your country on the internet, the biggest hurdle is not that you have nothing to learn, it’s that you don´t know what your country looks like.

It might even be more important to study the language you are using than to learn its language, or to learn it well. 

 If you are interested in learning more about the study, please visit:  http://www.ohiopublications.com/content/papers/publications/2010/e3-2-20120110-eng-lang_en.pdf