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Old 10-11-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Cultural Differences

I am studying sign language to become an interpreter. As part of my language class we are also studying Deaf culture. As part of an assignment, we are to find 3 things about another culture that differ from American. Example given was how in Japan, boys and girls who are dating should not hold hands but in US it's okay. I'd like to hear from those of you have lived or are living elsewhere and have learned first hand the do's and don'ts of another culture what things you've noticed. It will be a great help for me and fun to discuss the differences between places. Thanks!

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Old 10-11-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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Not sure if this is relevant, but we just had a discussion about wearing shoes in the house. Here it is considered rude to wear your outside shoes in the house, but in many places you are looked at strangely if you remove your shoes when you enter a dwelling. In Japan, you remove your shoes too.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:50 PM   #3
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I know that Koreans slurp their soups which is totally acceptable also they dont talk while eating.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:52 PM   #4
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Here it is considered rude to wear your outside shoes in the house
I didn't know this! How interesting. I knew it was the custom in Asian countries. When you think about it, it really is a good idea.

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Old 10-11-2007, 01:59 PM   #5
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Well, when you think about it, no one really wants you to tromp 40lbs of snow into the house in the winter...ditto the grass clippings in the summer. LOL.
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Not to get off subject.I wish my dogs would at least learn to wipe their feet before coming in.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:10 PM   #7
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Not sure if this is relevant, but we just had a discussion about wearing shoes in the house. Here it is considered rude to wear your outside shoes in the house, but in many places you are looked at strangely if you remove your shoes when you enter a dwelling. In Japan, you remove your shoes too.
What do you do when you're visiting someone during the winter?
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:13 PM   #8
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GotGarlic, what do you mean? It doesn't matter what season it is, when you enter someone's house you take off your shoes and go around in your sock feet or in bare feet. Some folks bring indoor shoes to wear.
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Not sure if this is relevant, but we just had a discussion about wearing shoes in the house. Here it is considered rude to wear your outside shoes in the house, but in many places you are looked at strangely if you remove your shoes when you enter a dwelling. In Japan, you remove your shoes too.
Is that all over Canada, or for a particular area or set of people, etc? My Step-Father was born and raised in Canada, and his daughters still live there. None of them do this. Not that my step-father couldn’t use a little cultural edification, but that’s a different story!

I do, however, have some “tree-hugging Wiccan” friends (THEY call themselves that, not me!!) that do this. I think it’s cool, but his wife keeps such a high polish on her hard wood floors, that I’ve come close (more than once!) to killing myself whilst walking sock-footed across those near glass-like surfaces!

They picked up the idea when they lived in China and just kept doing it once they moved back here. Didn’t know it was the norm in other parts of the world too.
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Here in Barcelona in Spain, the locals tend not to leave tips, or only very small tips, when they take a taxi or eat out (not sure what the convention is in top-flight restaurants). If a taxi ride is €4.75, they might leave the taxi driver the 25 cents left from a €5 note. Ditto meals - they leave the smallest coins. Foreigners of course don't know this and leave huge tips in comparison, especially because meals out seem cheap (to Brits at least). Now I'm a non-Catalan but I've been here long enough to know the score. If I leave a big tip I'm considered daft, if I leave a 'local' tip I'm regarded as a cheapskate.
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