An understanding of other cultures is a major catalyst for people to be encouraged to pursue an active, political life. Fluent communication skills open horizons. People will become interested in others’ lives and societal parameters. They will be encouraged by newly acquired comraderie to participate on the international stage. They will be conﬁdent in their voting decisions. International relations and conﬂict transformation will become areas of personal interest. Language determines how people view the world. Perhaps they create language to represent their world view. To understand another language is to understand how other people view the world. To know these differences in outlook through language cognition, gives us the power of intercultural communication. Do you doubt that language knowledge will raise conﬁdence levels in all things? To know how other cultures think, and to be able to deﬁne it, engenders power.
In the following four essays, I ruminate about, relate actual experiences in, and give evidence of learning achievements through my studies at SIT. My wish is that you find they validate my KASA of language learning - and that they are reasonably enjoyable.