HOW TO SPEAK FOREIGN
Just how many Russians are YOU actually friends with? Syrians, Pakistanis,
Germans, Iranians, Cubans?
Not many, if you are an American, Tubularsock would guess. But so many people have an opinion about “Others”.
According to what “news” reports one reads, how much better or less of an understanding do you really have regarding people you have never met?
Same goes for religious groups, Jews, Muslim, Christian, Buddhists, Taoists. What do you really know about any of these religious groups? Really!
Most people don’t KNOW much about even their “own” religion let alone about someone else's.
In most all these cases we all have “judgments” about other people and religions but we don’t really know much at all about them in truth.
Why is that?
Doesn’t that seem strange to you?
Our nation will go off and KILL these people but we don’t even know them.
What is that all about?
Let’s say you are walking down a street and you see an Ohioan walking toward you.
How do you prepare yourself for the approaching encounter?
Do you pretend you don’t see them and pass on by. Most likely the best idea.
But after reading this from Tubularsock you may “reach out” and engage in a conversation.
Well a sure bet is something like this: "Hi, so the Ohio state reptile is the black racer."
Oh sure, you could continue with the added information that the state approved the choice in 1995 but that may be a little too much.
You know, you might look like you are trying too hard.
Be careful of your wallet. Perhaps reaching into your pocket and just hold it as a precaution.
This tactic is well advised while dealing with Ukrainians as well.
You’d perhaps want to continue your conversation with references to the
to appear more intimate using a reference to your knowledge of their nickname
or you may just leave that for another day and just hurry on your way.
So you see, it is good to know things about “foreign cultures” so as not to be so judgmental.
Well, that is all the time we have today with Tubularsock’s continuing series:
HOW TO SPEAK FOREIGN.