Language and Customs

By: Heesoo Kim, Allishba Dawood, Adaku Ngwu, Sushma Penupala

Definition of language

The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way.

Definition of Customs

A traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time

Examples of languages

  • English
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Latin
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • French


Examples for custom

  • The holidays

Ex) Christmas, Hanukkah, Puja

  • The clothes
  • The food
  • Prayers
  • Their regular routine

Ex) Most Americans go to church on Sundays

Why is Language important for culture?

Language is important to the culture because people identify themselves by their language, not only their country or religion and it tells you about your heritage, and family background. For example, if you speak Spanish that doesn't mean your from Mexico or Spain, but it tells where your ancestors are from, and how they lived and what they did in their home country. It also allows humans within groups and communities to communicate in a sophisticated manner with each other. Language is often revealed cultural norms and customs allowing an outside person to experience a little bit of that culture.

Why customs are important in culture?

Customs are a very important part of the culture. Custom not only does it identify where the person is from and introduces their tradition but it also identifies the beliefs and the religion of a person. Therefore, if customs in culture did not exist it would have had a huge difference.