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Old 15.09.2011, 14:02
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Re: Some observations I've made or is it all in my mind

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I love the different interpretation for the same words- depending on where you are.

Like in the UK 'it's interesting' = 'hmmm what a load of tosh'

In CH = it's actually really interesting'.

So many others - any suggestions?
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Old 15.09.2011, 15:26
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I guess it could be also otherwise around, e.g. when a person from a more "indirect" culture ends in a more "direct" cultural environment - they can be easily shocked and insulted, just because they were used to a more "indirect/polite" communication.

It is all part of a "cultural shock".

I went to school in Hawaii, moved to the suburbs of Chicago and got my first job. I was forever being told I was lacking in a "sense of urgency" and that my "prioritization skills" needed work. Oh! And! Not to have so much fun at work, it was serious business. Yes, offended I was.

The second job was pretty much the same, not surprising as I took it only a year later and had settle into a social life, at 19yo. HOWEVER, one of the major differences here was that if customers / patients sent in comments to the company praising our efforts, we were made aware... I had the highest number of such comments on staff.

So, I got over it as obviously the ones who I really was aiming to please thought I was doing just fine.


Definitely a culture thing though AND something that one really notices most as an "outsider", no matter where you are or where you're from.
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