I appeared on Balancing Cultures to talk about my name, my family history, and my desire to build bridges between different people.
English Level: B1 🇺🇸🇨🇦
- 01:05 Introduction
- 02:24 Being a “different type of us”
- 04:19 Jorge’s family background
- 7:50 Cultural background – belonging but being different
- 11:50 Being a bridge in society between cultures
- 14:32 How a name can connect you to your heritage – Jorge’s experience
- 16:40 Living in Germany with a Latino name – why it is a free pass to act differently
- 21:00 First time Jorge was called George
- 23:50 Identity in Canada as an immigrant
- 27:15 Character traits of first generation immigrant parents
- 32:15 Roles we play in life and how to navigate different cultural spaces simultaneously
- 34:57 Outro – Jorge’s podcast “The Canadian Wants to know”
- Heritage (noun) –(immaterielles) Erbe (Ideale, Wissen, Moralische Werte)
- Inheritance (noun) – (materielle) Erbschaft, Erbe (Haus, Geld etc.)
- cultural background (noun) – kultureller Hintergrund
- Calligraphy (noun) – Kalligraphie, Schönschrift
- Acknowledge (verb) – (etw.) anerkennen
- Simultaneously (adverb) – gleichzeitig
- Upbringing (noun) – Erziehung, mein Heranwachsen
- To encompass (verb) – umfassen, etw. beinhalten
- Assimilate (verb) – sich anpassen
Phrases to Remember:
- To relate to someone – To associate oneself with someone or something; to feel a sense of kinship with or similarity to someone or something.
- To get away with something – to do something and not get punished for it
- To get rid of – To discard, eliminate, or become free from something or someone.
- To play a role – To have a specific involvement or participation in something.
- To throw out a term – To casually utter or propose something. To say something without really thinking about it.
- Name-calling – verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument
Mistake to avoid:
- How does Jorge’s dad call him – nickname?
- Did Jorge want to change the spelling of his name?
- What is the first thing Jorge mentions that connects him to his parent’s culture?
- Which room did Jorge offer to his German visitor when she and her husband came to visit?
- What is a big part of Canadian culture with regards to different family backgrounds?
- Does Jorge speak Spanish or English to his brothers?
- What’s Jorge’s response when someone says, “Oh Jorge, I don’t understand those people.”?
Question to consider:
Does your name have a special meaning to you?
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