Writing Vocabulary: Culture

  1. Borderless world (ˈbɔːrdərləs wɜːrld): A concept where geographical boundaries become less relevant due to technological advancements, resulting in increased connectivity and interaction between countries and cultures.

  2. Globalisation is growing (ˌgloʊbəlaɪˈzeɪʃən ɪz ˈgroʊɪŋ): The increasing interconnection and interdependence of the world’s economies, societies, and cultures.

  3. Demolished barriers (dɪˈmɑːlɪʃt bærɪərz): The removal or reduction of obstacles or hindrances, often in the context of communication, trade, or cultural exchange.

  4. Cultures transcend national boundaries (ˈkʌltʃərz trænˈsɛnd ˈnæʃənəl ˈbaʊndəriz): Cultural elements and influences are not confined to a single country but spread and are shared across borders.

  5. Gesture of respect (ˈdʒɛstʃər ɒv rɪˈspɛkt): An act showing admiration or reverence for someone or something.

  6. Indigenous culture (ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs ˈkʌltʃər): The customs, traditions, and values of native or original inhabitants of a region.

  7. Embrace different cultures (ɪmˈbreɪs ˈdɪfərənt ˈkʌltʃərz): To accept, adopt, or appreciate the customs and traditions of various cultures.

  8. Exacerbates discrimination (ɪgˈzæsərbeɪts dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən): Intensifies or worsens unfair treatment based on race, age, gender, etc.

  9. Prejudiced against (ˈprɛdʒɪdɪst əˈɡenst): Holding an unfounded or biased opinion or dislike against someone or something, often without adequate knowledge.

  10. Biased towards (ˈbaɪəst tɔːrdz): Showing an unjust favoritism or preference for something or someone.

  11. Idiosyncratic practices (ˌɪdioʊsɪnˈkrætɪk ˈpræktɪsɪz): Unique or distinctive habits, customs, or behaviors specific to an individual or culture.

  12. Cultural diversity (ˈkʌltʃərəl daɪˈvɜːrsɪti): The existence of a variety of cultural groups within a society.

  13. Provides opportunities for a healthy exchange of ideas (prəˈvaɪdz ˌɑːpərˈtuːnɪtiz fɔːr ə ˈhɛlθi ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ ɒv aɪˈdiːəz): Facilitates constructive and beneficial sharing of thoughts and concepts.

  14. Have tolerance (hæv ˈtɑːlərəns): The ability or willingness to tolerate or accept opinions or behavior you may not agree with.

  15. Broadens our horizon (ˈbroʊdənz aʊər hɪˈraɪzn): Expands our perspectives, understanding, or experiences.

  16. Coexistence of different cultures (koʊˌɪgˈzɪstəns ɒv ˈdɪfərənt ˈkʌltʃərz): Different cultural groups living together in harmony without losing their distinct identities.

  17. Should be dealt with caution and respect (ʃʊd biː delt wɪθ ˈkɔːʃən ænd rɪˈspɛkt): Matters should be approached carefully, considering the feelings and rights of others.

  18. Linked inextricably (lɪŋkt ɪnˈɛkstrɪkəbli): Connected in a way that cannot be separated or disentangled.

  19. Crucial to the understanding of (ˈkruːʃəl tuː ðiː ˌʌndərˈstændɪŋ ɒv): Essential or vital for comprehending a particular topic or concept.

  20. Maintaining social cohesion (meɪnˈteɪnɪŋ ˈsoʊʃəl koʊˈhiːʒən): Preserving the harmony and unity within a society or group.

  21. Creates a harmonious atmosphere (kriˈeɪts ə hɑːrˈmoʊniəs ˈætməsfɪər): Establishes a peaceful and balanced environment.

  22. Tradition has fallen into abeyance (trəˈdɪʃən hæz ˈfɔːlən ɪntoʊ əˈbiːəns): A custom or practice that has become obsolete or is no longer observed.

  23. Extinction of indigenous culture (ɪkˈstɪŋkʃən ɒv ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs ˈkʌltʃər): The complete disappearance or eradication of the customs and traditions of native populations.

  24. Minority groups (maɪˈnɒrɪti gruːps): Groups that are smaller in number in comparison to the majority of the population, often distinguished by race, religion, or ethnicity.

  25. Sound model (saʊnd ˈmɑːdl): A well-structured, effective, or reliable framework or example.

An example essay

The Impact of Globalisation on Cultural Dynamics

In the contemporary era, the concept of a borderless world is becoming increasingly tangible. With technological advancements and interconnectivity at its zenith, globalisation is growing at an unprecedented rate. This surge has demolished barriers that once hindered communication, trade, and cultural exchanges. As a result, cultures transcend national boundaries, intertwining and enriching one another in the process.

This blending of traditions and values can be seen as a gesture of respect towards the richness of our global tapestry. It allows us to delve deeper into indigenous cultures, understanding their idiosyncratic practices and appreciating their unique contributions. As nations embrace different cultures, they’re not only fostering economic ties but also promoting cultural diversity. This diversity, in turn, provides opportunities for a healthy exchange of ideas, broadening our horizon and enabling us to see the world through a myriad of lenses.

However, the journey of globalisation is not devoid of challenges. While it promises unity, it sometimes exacerbates discrimination, leading to certain groups feeling prejudiced against or biased towards others. This is where the importance of having tolerance comes into play. Tolerance ensures the coexistence of different cultures, allowing them to flourish while maintaining social cohesion.

Yet, with global influences permeating every corner, some fear that traditions have fallen into abeyance, leading to the potential extinction of indigenous cultures, especially among minority groups. However, these concerns should be dealt with caution and respect. Every culture, no matter how distinct, is linked inextricably to the larger human narrative, making them crucial to the understanding of global dynamics.

In conclusion, while the landscape of globalisation is ever-evolving, it offers a sound model for nations to collaborate and coexist. By celebrating our differences and creating a harmonious atmosphere, we ensure that the essence of individual cultural identities remains unshaken amidst the global tide.