This is the final post in the Life Hacks series of blog posts. Starting a new job is an expected challenge but how long has it been since you came to Duke and made a whole new set of friends? These tips and resources should help you in this transition.
This spring, we wrote 13 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia!
Middle East: Israel, United Arab Emirates
Europe: Belarus, Ukraine, Monaco
Africa: Eswatini, Cameroon
South America: Peru, Guyana, Suriname
Georgia is located in southwest Asia where it is bordered by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Turkey. Geographically, Georgia is a little smaller than South Carolina, USA. Tbilisi is Georgia's capital and largest city. Most of the population resides in the central valley where Tbilisi is located, as well as in Kutaisi and Batumi.
This week we visit Suriname, a country on the northern coast of South America.
Located in West Africa, Cameroon is bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, Cameroon is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon. Christianity and Islam are the major religions. Cameroon’s official languages are English and French, but with about 250 different groups tied to Cameroon, more than 270 languages and dialects are spoken. The Niger-Congo group alone has 169 languages.
This week let’s visit Guyana, a country located in northeastern South America. Indigenous peoples inhabited Guyana before European settlement, and named the land guiana, or land of the water.
Leping Sun is a Law student participating in the Duke Language Partners (DLP) program this semester, along with Preston Bowman, an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. DLP matches non-native speakers with native speakers of various languages for weekly conversation exchange. As language partners, Leping is able to practice speaking English, while Preston can practice speaking Chinese. Beyond developing their language skills during their weekly conversations, they’ve been able to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture by conversing about a variety of topics, from anti-procrastination tips to their shared love for music and cooking.
Read their interview below to learn more about their experience as Duke Language Partners.
Where did you grow up and what languages did you grow up speaking?
Vietnam is bordered by Laos and Cambodia to the west, China to the north, and the South China sea to the east and south. Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, is located in the northern region of the country where it is home to around 4.7 million people. The rest of Vietnam’s 97 million inhabitants are dispersed across the fertile river delta regions of the north and south. Annam Cordillera, Vietnam’s major mountain range, stretches across the western side of Vietnam.