May 21st is Cultural Diversity Day –  Learn Why That’s Important!
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May 21st is Cultural Diversity Day – Learn Why That’s Important!

Ximena Lama-Rondon

The day’s full name is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and it was originally established by the United Nations in 2001. Long-winded names and lofty organizations aside, May 21st is a good occasion to celebrate one of the ideals that falls the closest to Lingopie’s heart.

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After all, we began this company to promote language learning – but we don't want that to be just a way for people to check off a skill. Our ultimate goal is to get people from all over the world to admire and understand the culture of others. What better way to achieve this than by sharing hobbies and speaking the same language?

Why Is Cultural Diversity Important?

Because it adds layers of color to an otherwise uniform world.

As the world moves towards a unified internet-centric culture, we sometimes need to step back from our computers, and remember the unique details that enrich our personal lives.

At Lingopie, we want to embrace the different methods and philosophies provided by our multi-country, hyperdiverse staff. So on occasion of Cultural Diversity Day, we decided to ask our team members about their own culture.

What did we find?

That our countries and upbringing are inseparable from the people we grew up to be. See for yourself:

When I think of Colombia, I think of warm, hardworking, loving people. I think of urban music, salsa, cumbia and merengue. I think of delicious food, the best coffee, exotic fruits and so many flowers. I think of resilience, of innovation and creativity. - Ana, Marketing Specialist
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What better definition of 'cultural diversity' than someone that's half Dutch and half Portuguese . Portugal: makes me think of the simple but delicious food plates with lot's of fish, as we have an amazing coastline. And the Netherlands makes me think of our cycling culture that belongs to our identity. More bicycles than people we have here, they say. - Bibi, Project Manager
For me Israel is where different cultures meet. A country of immigrants where you can find food that’s a fusion of so many kitchens. It’s also a very Mediterranean culture - always by the sea. We pretty much disagree on everything but still find that we are most comfortable with our fellow countryman - Roy, Founder

It looks like each country has its own “ideal value”. But what did we have in common? Food and landscapes may be all different, but they always stay close to our souls:

When I think of what being South African is, I think about running around bare foot on the African land, eating the local African corn and meat dish, basking in the warm sun, along with the clean crisp air to cool you down and not a worry in the world, feeling one with the universe - Samuel, COO
For me, Perú means spicy food, 300 types of potatoes, and the contrast between the ocean breeze and the crisp mountain air. As a people, the only way we can deal with these contrasts is through hard work, creativity, and a dash of pushy resilience - Ximena, Blogger
When I think about what describes me most as Italian is definitely our food, the noisy and welcoming people and our magnificent culture – Deborah, Marketing Team

Another inspiring highlight: how many of us cherish the side of our cultures that is hidden from the world.

When I think about Ukrainian culture, I think about our struggle for freedom and wonderful cuisine. During all our history we fought for our liberty and Borsh is one of the greatest weapons in this war - Viktor, Motion designer
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I feel a strong sense of pride to be Persian. And when I think of Iran, I think of a country that is enriched with flavorful food, passionate music, stunning architecture, famous poetry, intricate artwork, colors and patterns and people that would welcome any stranger into their home with warmth, love and grace. Contrary to what you might see on the news… Iranian history and culture leave a lasting impression on foreigners; they are amazed at how beautiful this land and its people truly are.

And what better way to celebrate diversity, than to discover how the same culture can adopt two different shapes:

When I think about Argentinian culture, I think: solidarity.
The Argentinian people will work hand in hand to find solutions and to help when someone is in need. We also love fútbol and make the best asados. - Mayara, Project Manager.
When I think about Argentinian culture, the first thing that comes to mind is mate and friendship. It doesn't matter if you are new in a group, people will offer you some mate and make you feel welcome. - Flor, Spanish Team Member.

If you had to share three things about your culture (or cultures) with the world – what would you say?

While you think about it, take an intimate look at what other cultures are watching in their living rooms. Try Lingopie's 7-day free trial to see if it’s right for you. You can find the full pricing here!