- You are a guest in the host country. A customer may demand that their desires be met but a gracious guest receives with gratitude what their host offers them.
- Don’t judge the people of a country by the one person with whom you have a negative experience. There are good and bad people in every culture, even your own.
- Your ability to communicate in a new context is no reflection on your IQ. It is easy to feel stupid and get down on yourself, but there is no reason. A five year old might speak the new language better than you do, but he or she has been working on it or…five years.
- Don’t make comparisons between the host country and yours in front of local people. They will feel belittled when you talk about things back home that are bigger, better, faster, etc. You may think you are just pointing out differences but it is easy for your comments to come across as boastful.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted by tim gulick at 4/26/2007 12:49:00 AM