Can Language Learning Decrease Racism?
Racism arouses a lot of heart and brain emotions, never the least among immigrants. It may bring up episodes in one’s life or in the lives of those around her/him. At least one in five immigrants in Norway report discrimination, according to a recent report from the authorities.
The most frightening and threatening is the act of ignorance we counter in our daily lives. Intolerance is nothing but a sign of inadequate education, lack of awareness and prejudicial opinions formed in the absence of evidence. To learn the language of the host country can often be on top of the list of barriers that skilled immigrants face when they move abroad. And rightly so: Language forms the base of your socio-cultural inclusion, your career, and your whole experience understanding a new culture and society.
In my presentation, I present here my thoughts and own experiences with learning a new language in a new country and how it helped me to thrive abroad, both emotionally and professionally.