Post By ESLPartyland_Nina
Travel and Culture
Traveling is my favorite thing to do. Seeing new places and doing new things, it's so exciting. One thing is for sure, you need to know English to travel. It's the only language that the world uses everywhere. There is so much to say when we talk about travel, so let's focus on just a few things today...
People, countries, and languages:
What countries have you been to and what language do they speak? People, countries, and languages have different names in English. There isn't necessarily a rule for this so it can be tricky.
Here are the common endings: '-ish' , '-an' , '-ian' , '-ean' , '-ese'
People from Denmark are DanISH and they speak DanISH,
People from Germany are GermAN and they speak GermAN.
People from Italy are ItalIAN and they speak ItalIAN.
People from Korea are KorEAN and they speak KorEAN.
People from China are ChinESE and they speak ChinESE.
Be careful! Not all people, countries, and languages follow this pattern....
People from Mexico are MexicAN and they speak SpanISH.
People from The United States are AmericAN and they speak EnglISH.
People from Brazil are BrazilIAN and they speak PortuguESE
People from France are French and they speak French.
People from Greece are Greek and they speak Greek.
Traveling involves learning about people and their culture. This is only one aspect that makes traveling so interesting. Culture is the overall behavior of social patterns, beliefs, and anything else of human work and thought. In each culture there are certain norms. We all share some norms, but everyone also has something unique to their culture. Norms are the usual or standard practice, it's what is typical. When traveling, due to these differences we have, someone might experience culture shock. Culture shock is when a person feels out of place and disoriented because they are in a new environment.
When traveling it's important to respect the country's culture and make sure you follow these norms. You don't want to be perceived as rude or impolite during your time there or offend anyone. This could end in bad news. You wouldn't want anyone to behave impolitely in your country, right?
I made the mistake of not knowing not to cross my legs while in Thailand. It was teachers' day and all the teachers were on stage receiving beautiful flower arrangements from the students. I was in a skirt, and in the US it is polite to cross your legs. However, when I went to cross my legs (in front of my whole school) everyone gasped! Thankfully a teacher next to me pushed my leg down and the ceremony continued. It was a very embarrassing day for teacher Nina to say the least. I was lucky everyone laughed it off because I was a foreigner and didn't know. In Thailand the foot is an unholy part of the body and it's rude to use your foot to do anything but walk on. I learned my lesson, that's for sure.
So I am wondering about your experiences now... Answer these questions below and let's have a conversation about traveling and new cultures!
Where are you from and what language do you speak?
Tell me about your culture and the norms in your country?
What countries have you been to?
What language did they speak?
Tell me about the culture there and did you experience culture shock?
Do you have an embarrassing story like mine?
Can't wait to hear from you!
Last edited by ESLPartyland_Nina; 06-10-2013 at 02:35 PM.
Hi, I found this post interesting. I belong to India and I have been to Thailand as well.
They have a tradition common to India of saying "Namaste" to greet everyone..so I felt very much at home.
Also, they remove their shoes outside the house like Indians..I found lot of resemblance in our culture as they follow Buddhism and many of their principles are based on ancient Indian scriptures.
I also made friends with fellow travellers..from may other countries like Hongkong, Korea, New zealand, England, South Africa and shared about each other's cultural aspects during the trip..It was a very enriching and memorable experience.
Wow, sounds like you had a nice time in Thailand Karry. Where exactly did you go? I haven't heard many Thai's say namaste to greet each other, however I think the thing they have in common is putting the hands together in front of their face with a little nod. They call this movement 'wai,' and they say "Sawadee" for hello.
I actually love the "shoes off" rule! I'm a barefoot kind of person, so I don't mind it at all. I can't wait to visit India!
Did you find anything they did to be really different than that you would do in India? Or maybe some of your new travels buddies did?
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