culture shock

People Describe The Things They Learned About A Different Culture Or Religion That Shocked Them
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It's okay if you don't understand something about another culture. That's fine, just ask. Be polite, keep an open mind, and be willing to learn. Someone from that culture will be more than happy to explain it to you.

What you shouldn't do is assume something you saw in a forty-year old cartoon is indicative of an entire race of people. It's always good to try and learn new things, so start with these culture shocks that people already woke up to.

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Americans Break Down The Biggest Culture Shocks They Ever Faced When Visiting Europe
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Leaving your homeland, even for a quick little getaway can be quite a surprise.

There is a whole world out there.

And no country is quite like any other.

That's why it's fun to experience a new place.

Though it might leave many people surprised, especially Americans.

America has a radically different way of life than say, Europe.

And it's a blast to revel in.

Redditor jrusj wanted to hear about what Americans need to prepare for when leaving the homeland. They asked:

"Americans that visited Europe, what was the biggest shock for you?"
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People Who Grew Up In The City Share Things Every Country Kid Should Know
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As someone who was born in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan but moved to Florida where everything is slow and gator-ish, this Reddit thread struck a chord.

If you're not ready for it, the culture shock between city life and country life can come at you faster than an angry bull—or a cab driver trying to make the light.

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Non-Americans Disclose Their Biggest Culture Shocks When They Arrived In The USA
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As citizens of the U.S., we don't think twice about the overly generous food portions in restaurants or flinch when strangers want to engage with us with small talk when in public.

But the same behaviors and customs don't necessarily go over well over in other countries.

Food portions are significantly smaller in Japan, and the French typically prefer not wasting their breath in asking people what they think about the weather.

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We talk a lot about the big cultural differences between the various countries of the world. Whether it’s what side of the street we drive on, or the language we use or the proper way to greet a guest, as a global civilization we run into these culture shocks fairly often. What happens, though, when […] More