Lessons in Cross-cultural Conflict

6 01 2012

Lesson One: Just because your taxi driver is shouting at you in Chinese which you do not understand does not mean he does not understand what you shout back at him in English. He may pull over and say to you in beautiful English, “Okay, you get out and walk now”.

Lesson Two: The moment before spitting the dummy is not the ideal moment to have to give a nuanced cross-cultural translation of the phrase “to spit the dummy“.




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