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momopi
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Post by momopi » January 23rd, 2013, 11:53 pm

Billy wrote:momopi, so the only low context cultures are Germanic based cultures.
I think these are broad academic generalizations, as every person's experience differs.

I moved to the US in 1982 and, I was told that my speech and mannerisms were rude and lacking in etiquette because I said things like "give me the salt", which is perfectly acceptable in Chinese but it's rude in English.

I had to be taught to say "please pass the salt" (which makes no sense in Chinese), and that if the room is hot, I should say "is anyone feeling warm" instead of "I'm hot can we open the window".

When I read some of Winston's posts, it makes me wonder if we grew up in different versions of California that existed in different dimensions.




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