Le culture Speaking a language other than English can be a boon
“(For Australians) being English-speaking is both a blessing and a curse. Canadians, Irish, Scots, New Zealanders all have the same challenge: how to remain visible and distinctive when living next door to a pushy, noisy neighbour. It is scarcely surprising that some of the most innovative and distinctive cultural products should emerge from countries with their own language – The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Korea come immediately to mind. Their people may be effortlessly fluent in English, but with an additional layer that makes them unique, adds meaning at home, and creates global opportunities.”
Julianne Schultz in “Cultural Institutions and Ideas of Australia in the Age of Fang”, the 2016 Brian Johns Lecture delivered in Sydney on May 2. Professor Schultz is an Australian academic, media manager, author and editor of more than 50 books, and the editor of Griffith Review.