My latest bone of contention with the world at the moment is the excessive use of language barrier as an excuse for failing to be polite or to understand the lesson. Take the gym where I go to for spinning and body fight classes, and weight training. Like smokers who have a particular language, which is completely alien to non-smokers, gym goers have their own language. For example, if you’re parked at a machine and someone comes up, it’s a given you alternate in using the machine or you tell them politely you’re just catching your breath and will be finished soon with it. You don’t answer with a smug face and a gesture that reeks of condescension or the walk away without word. I think it would have really killed those weight lifters to be polite or, remembering something analogous to what my father said about weight training before, their brains need more of a work out than their pectorals and biceps.  

Language barrier has also become a convenient excuse of students not to answer a question in class. It’s the current euphemism for laziness, which really turns logic on its head. The answer is simple: if you don’t understand the lesson, you either consult with the teacher or with a classmate or you become an autodidact (read: study).

I refuse to accept language barrier as excuses for rudeness and laziness; I don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia fluently but I don’t use it as a license to forget manners or not to learn the language bit by bit. Master the language, not the art of making excuses, I say.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by i_am_aoisoba on April 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

    hinga hinga hinga


  2. Posted by ajb on April 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Brain needs protein to function but people working in the gym needs protein for their muscles not for their brain (sorry to say), while students gain protein to increase fats. But actually there are some students who used protein to lubricate their brain,unfortunately they used it to think of foolishness and craziness. The consolation is “not all” thats the good news…jejejejejejeje


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