7 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'cultural differences':


SWF returns to America

Likes: Being able to get a teacup, heat up water and take milk out of refrigerator all in the same room; DVD selection; free refills in restaurants; having a radio/tape player in the car; not having to get gas/petrol every time one goes out; not having to slam on the brake pedal to stop. Dislikes: Accidentally slamming on the brake pedal to stop; Olympic basketball on TV; jet lag; unpacking; all signage exclusively in English; lack of widespread text-messaging culture; RONALD FREAKING MCDONALD ON THE FREAKING TELEVISION DIE CLOWN DIE....

srah - Saturday, 28 August 2004 - 11:15 AM
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First instance of culture shock

WHY is there so much water in the toilet tank???? And WHY am I awake?...

srah - Thursday, 26 August 2004 - 6:24 AM
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'Or as the Indians call it, 'maize'. In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast.'

Dear France, Popcorn is meant to be salty. Sometimes it is also meant to be buttery and delicious. We are the continent that spawned popcorn, so we should know. Stop your crack-smoking, popcorn-sweetening ways! You are wrong and we are right; get used to it! Sincerely, SRAH who got her hopes up when she found out there was, for some reason, a brand-new popcorn vending machine in the abbey...

srah - Friday, 9 July 2004 - 5:27 AM
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Bise me not

A friend of my sister had to interview me for her French class. Ooo-ee, I am so important. So I figured I might as well post my answers here as well. 1. What is the primary difference you found when teaching in France? I've never taught in the US, so I can't be sure of any differences between the two systems. I think that the American system is more coddling, but the French system is less supportive of the students. 2. Where in France did you teach? I taught in a technical/professional high school in Cusset, a small town just...

srah - Wednesday, 29 October 2003 - 2:31 AM
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The most bizarre American

The waitress at Le Comptoir, our "usual" bar, looked at me oddly when I tried to order a milkshake on Friday night. Oops. Cultural differences, evidently. Sorry, lady, I come from Michigan, where we eat ice cream all year long. Oh well, I still managed to be a mutant by ordering a thé au lait while everyone else had beer. Quite coincidentally, it came out over our beer and tea that Andrés considers Jennifer the most "normal" of the three Americans, and me the most "bizarre". I am flattered and the others are jealous....

srah - Saturday, 8 February 2003 - 4:26 PM
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Potato-man!

I am shocked and confused when I spend mental energy battling against cultural stereotypes and they turn out to be true. Thus I raconte you the story of Siobhan. I am so excited to actually know someone named Siobhan. Valéry Larbaud's 7-hour-a-week Irish assistant is lucky enough to have this name that not even Anglophones can pronounce. The French have no idea what to do with it. Add to this that she has an Mc last name, and she is a complete enigma to anyone who is unfortunate enough to have to try to spell her name. It was her...

srah - Tuesday, 26 November 2002 - 3:10 AM
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My big fat movie experience

I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding last night with Robin. It was really funny and (pardon me for being a nerd here) an interesting view into cultural differences. Sometimes we forget that we don't even have to leave the city to find someone who has a different way of doing things. End nerd rant. The movie was really funny, the love story was sweet and the heroine was a real character, rather than some prepackaged Hollywood junk. Go see it. The movie only strengthens my desire to get married on the moon and not invite anyone at...

srah - Tuesday, 10 September 2002 - 11:03 AM
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