Entering into a Culture


We were feeling nostalgic for the pampas last week. So we went to dinner at El Sur a restaurant in the heart of Paris. It’s the real thing. The décor, the wine, and best – the meat – are all authentically porteno (pertaining to Buenos Aires).

We went with our Spanish teacher, son Jules, and some friends. The conversation was in Spanish.

“Jules, your Spanish is very good,” we said afterwards.

“Five years of it in school. But, Dad, I don’t know how much you can learn from these sessions…”

“Well, learning languages is cumulative. You just keep at it. Little by little it sinks in…”

“I wonder if it’s worth all the effort…”

“Sure it is. Languages hide the accumulated wisdom of generations of dead people. Each word is an idea. And different languages have different words…and different ideas… The more languages you know, the more ideas you’ve encountered. The more you know, generally… Besides, if you don’t speak the language you can’t enter into a culture and discover its secrets.”



Bill Bonner
for The Daily Reckoning Australia

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Best-selling investment author Bill Bonner is the founder and president of Agora Publishing, one of the world's most successful consumer newsletter companies. Owner of both Fleet Street Publications and MoneyWeek magazine in the UK, he is also author of the free daily e-mail The Daily Reckoning.
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6 years 8 months ago

Hi Bill,
I understand that you and your son have business interest in Argentina
(cattle ranch Etc.) and in general you are well disposed to this
South American contry. As an Argentinian living for the last 34 years in Australia after living 6 years in California, I cannot understand your
enthusiasm. May be you know something about this Country that we ignore. (I spend 9 weeks last year visiting friends and relatives) Could you please elaborate?
Kind regards,
George Edward

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