With or Without Cultural Background
You guys, have you decided to learn a language and managed to learn it consistently up to the advanced level?
I've always observed that many people want to learn many languages but few can do it without giving up. No matter how popular that language is. Most people tend to learn words and popular cultures rather only than the traditional cultures with literary works, proverbs, jokes, great historical events, abandoned customs. That's why their studies don't actually make sense for themselves.
My knowledges about the authentic cultures of England and the USA are limited in comparison with the popular culture, yet I sometimes talk with my American friend about these matters to learn more.
I absolutely learn new things or remember my former knowledges about the prehispanic cultures of Spanish America when I talk to my friends from there.
I also read about the traditional matters in my other foreign languages.
That's why learning languages make sense for me. What about you?