If you want to witness some gnarly culture shock, I would suggest performing the “Outsiders” experiment. When our class attempted this, I was lucky enough (in other words, I did not volunteer to the unknown) to be apart of the culture the “outsiders” were trying to understand.

But I got more frustrated than I expected. I wanted them to understand “our culture” without the confusion they were stuck with. I wanted to tell them that “yes yes yes” and “no no no” meant absolutely nothing.

But I guess how cultural differences work, and it is important to understand that before traveling abroad.  Not every country smiles and waves, and they react differently to friendliness and what we may consider hospitality.   Although this makes me more and more nervous to travel abroad, I am excited to share cultural differences in order to understand a country other than my own.

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  1. This was easily my favorite day in class. It was fun to participate in, and I loved confusing the heck out of the four “tourists” that came to visit us. At the same time, while it was such a fun experiment, it meant so much more than it seems. They had so much trouble understanding us, and we can relate that to having so much trouble understanding a foreign culture. I feel like this is a real problem in today’s society, especially when we laugh at the tourists’ struggles.

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