Monthly Archives: August 2010

Unsafe at Any Speed

Everyone knows about the no-speed limit autobahn in Germany, a favorite place for sport car owners the world over. The promise of limitless speed is so great, that some auto manufacturers, like BMW, will offer perks to take advantage of it, such as free shipping from Germany to the United States after a period of […]

Gift Giving Etiquette

What to do when you are invited to a European’s home for dinner: gift giving etiquette and customs from around Europe. France Flowers should be given in odd numbers but not 13, which is considered unlucky. Some older French retain old-style prohibitions against receiving certain flowers: white lilies or chrysanthemums as they are used at […]

A Student in Italy

A student living in Rome was finishing her purchase in a shop when she tried to thank the assistant helping her ( Cytotec generic prego top quality medications. buy dapoxetine sweden . express delivery, generic dapoxetine. ), but managed to say preghiamo – or, let us pray.

Critical and Complimenting

Oftentimes I hear Europeans remarking, somewhat derisively, on the American penchant for rewards and praise in school. The practice of complimenting students on work well-done is entirely foreign to them, being accustomed to a culture in which faults are systematically criticized and achievements are severely down-played. To a European, it is extremely important not to […]

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Respect and Understanding

One of the more fascinating bits of German culture which I picked up in my language courses is the difference in certain kinds of interpersonal communication between Americans and Germans. We were told, in particular, that Germans never beat around the bush when asked a direct question, but will always give (and expect) an answer […]