Cover photo of Tania Goh by Marc Nair.
“Uno, dos, tres…”; “este es un coche…”; “no hablo español”.
These are phrases that would be familiar to anyone who has studied a foreign language; in this case, Spanish. But, the learning of a language isn’t complete without some immersion in its culture. Knowing your one-two-threes alone doesn’t quite cut it. Any self-respecting language text book would contain examples of usage and forms of grammar illustrated through cultural references.
How else would you understand why your Spanish dance teacher shouts, “No puede porque no tienes cojones!” because you haven’t been braver with your improvisations? (Editor’s note: This translates to, “You can’t because you have no balls!” Equally applicable to men and women).