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Friday, July 21, 2006

the emotions

... from the cultural orientation materials that came across my desk:


"helpful hints on American culture for participants of the conference ... "

3. Try to ask simple, direct questions.

Americans are not very good at listening to long questions or answering questions that they do not fully understand ... Try and keep questions short and clear.

6. Notice how often Americans smile.

In American culture this is a sign of warmth, friendliness, welcome, and acceptance. In America, you may want to smile frequently, even with people you do not know.

8. Male/female relationships.

The themes underlying the women's movement in the United States - individualism, independence, and equality - are the same as those that underlie American society in general. American women will expect to be treated as prefessional colleagues. Try not to let your own, perhaps strongly-held, ideas about male/female relations interfere with what you are seeing and observing.

9. Personal hygiene

Americans are very sensitive about personal hygiene. They shower with soap and use deoderants daily, change their shirts or blouses daily, and often carry breath mints with them. They do not use very much perfume or after-shave lotion. Please be aware of this sensitivity.

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funny talk.

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All this FLandis-o-rama has done well to distract me from current affairs. Thanks for that bit o' Sea Biscuit distraction, Floyd. The Tour and his exploits may be bread and circuses for the soul ... but it's still substantial enough to live off.

for awhile.

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sweet heavens, i am so thankful for her.

11 comments:

shawndoggy said...

I wonder which culture does fully prepare its citizens to answer questions that they don't understand? That's a good one!

Velo Bella said...

never refuse a breathmint

alicat said...

"Americans are very sensitive about personal hygiene. They shower with soap and use deoderants daily, change their shirts or blouses daily, and often carry breath mints with them. They do not use very much perfume or after-shave lotion. Please be aware of this sensitivity."

Try convincing my 7th grade students of that one...

marscat said...

i read someplace that the reason Americans (westerners) feel a great sense of isolation is that
they are so damn clean they've erased all the
pheromones(sp?) that attract others....this may
have been a study sponsored by MENIN.

Ippoc Amic said...

what were #1, 2, 5, and 7?

#3: this refers specifically to the American president?

X Bunny said...

'they do not use much perfume'

i wish this was true

Velo Bella said...

It is as compared to eastern europe

or vegas

PAB said...

i KNEW i wsn't really an american...

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

diggin it

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