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Multilingual countries

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 18, 2008 in Education

I was very caught up in the idea of a single language for a single nation, at least in the developed world.

English. Spanish. German. French. Japanese. Chinese.

A monolithic people speaking a single language in a single place. Of course it gets more complicated, but I didn’t think I would come across those complexities in Western Europe - the mother of much of mainstream American culture.

These damn multilanguage countries confused me.

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Know what kind of traveler you are

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 8, 2008 in Education

I am dodgy. I can accept it. So, I didnt go into this London bar on Brick Lane Oct. 3, 2008.

I am dodgy. I can accept it. So, I didn't go into this London bar on Brick Lane Oct. 3, 2008.

I am hot tempered.

I cringe over costs. Accept them. You are in an unfamiliar place. You will be short 30 pence for a bus ride home in London and get stuck putting 3 pounds on your Oyster card, with an additional $3 charge for using your credit card abroad.

What do you want out of your travel? How do you want to represent yourself and your country. Traveling will make you learn plenty about yourself, which is good because it is rarely as important as when you’re seeing the world.

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European city name changes in English: exonyms you should know before backpacking

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 4, 2008 in Education

Sean overlooking the city of Prague, Czech Republic on stairs leading to the city castle on Oct. 25, 2008.

Sean overlooking the city of Prague, Czech Republic on stairs leading to the city castle on Oct. 25, 2008. To the rest of the world, Prague is Praha, one of many cities with varied names according to language.

I may have brought us somewhere very differently, and we might not have ever taken that train.

Sean and I wanted to go north into the nordic, so I was in charge of reserving us seats on a morning train from Berln, Germany to Copenhagen, Denmark.

I was frustrated to find there wasn’t a single train going from the German capital to its northern peer. Until I remembered a lesson.

Native European languages have very different takes on their geographical distinctions than we have in English.

There is no place called Copenhagen. The capital of Denmark is, of course, KĂžbenhavn - and trains run there quite regularly, thank you very much.

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Brussels, Brussels: One in the other

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 10, 2008 in Education

Right now we’re in Brussels.

Brussels, which is the effective capital of the European Union and the legal capital of Belgium - but they aren’t one and the same.

Belgium, 10.5 million living in a country the size of Maryland, is made of regions, one of which is Brussels, which hosts much of the EU’s governmental infrastructure. Within the regions of Brussels is the Belgian capital, also called Brussels. Sean and I are in the smaller Brussels, within the other.

Think of Los Angeles, a city within Los Angeles county, not coterminous, nor the same political identity but having the same name.

I have also heard it compared to the city of London, which is, in other ways, different than London proper.

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