Tag Archives: culture

Sorry! Coughing leads to translating confusions

When I was just getting to know my future husband, something he did always puzzled me. Occasionally I’d have a cold or a tickle in my throat and cough, and he would always say, “Sorry.” When this first happened, I … Continue reading

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The art of self-entertainment (and are we losing it?)

Give a man to fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Give my husband a soccer ball, and he becomes a little kid again. (Hehe…) Some of … Continue reading

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My tribute to ‘Weird habits developed after living abroad’

Half-burned matches lying on kitchen counters! You have to read this article: Weird habits developed after living abroad | Matador Network in its entirety, but this was one of the most hilarious images to me. I’ve seen the same thing, … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in celebrating birthdays

So many times, you never realize how different you are from other people until the difference smacks you in the face. Or in this case, smacks you on your phone bill. My childhood family always celebrates birthdays with Hallmark or … Continue reading

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Is social media sharing compatible with the Christian walk?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m comfortable using social media. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter and beginning to be on Pinterest as several of my friends are raving about it. But the more I hear about and share through social media, … Continue reading

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The beauty of international travel

I’m preparing to travel to Chile soon, so please forgive me if I neglect this blog in the next few weeks. When I return, though, I hope I’ll have lots of stories to tell! It’s my first trip to South … Continue reading

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How to deal with pop culture … across cultures

Often my husband surprises me with just how much he knows about U.S. pop culture. He said he watched a lot of U.S. movies before he came here and used them as “study aids” to learn more about the culture. … Continue reading

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Bartering, haggling, negotiating … a price is never fixed!

Recently my husband talked $25 off a home inspection that I don’t think we would have got if he hadn’t asked for it. I was lost in admiration. Coming from my comfortable Western world, I wouldn’t have dreamed of asking … Continue reading

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How to tackle money topics across cultures

Money is a delicate topic. Throw multicultural and interracial factors into the coin jar, and you could create quite a clatter in moments! If you find yourself in a multicultural situation that involves money, tread carefully! Here are just a … Continue reading

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English idioms: ‘They don’t ring my bell’

Recently I was instant messaging via Skype with a friend from Latin America who’s learned English as a second language. He asked me what an “open house” was, because his friend had suggested that phrase as a way to describe … Continue reading

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