The journey is life itself: How travel and language affect us.

Sep 20, 2011 4:47:08 AM / by Rachel Reardon

I've never seen an advertisement more powerful than this Louis Vuitton spot.

In fact, it gave me goose bumps.

Maybe it was the breath-taking images or the thought-provoking copy. Or maybe it was the fact that this ad expresses exactly what I've failed at expressing for years: how travel changes you.

What this ad doesn’t address, however, is how knowing another language changes you.

So much of who we are is based on how we express ourselves; what we say and how we say it. So, when we express ourselves in a new language, it’s like creating a whole new version of ourselves. When we can understand others in a new language is when we broaden our perspectives.

Here’s my stance:

Going on a journey is amazing.
Communicating in another language is amazing.
Going on a journey + communicating in the native language = life changing.

What do you think, does the person create the journey or does the journey create the person? Tell us about how a journey or speaking another language has changed you!

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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