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Japanese People Guide

‘The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.’ ~ Paul Theroux One of the most disconcerting things about the Japanese is you’re never really sure what they think of you. They learn from an early age to suppress and hide their true feelings. It’s considered much more important to respond to a […]

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Japanese Social Customs And Attitudes

One of the first Japanese words you will hear in reference to you is “gaijin”, literally translated as “outside person.” The term “gaijin” is not generally used to downgrade foreigners, although some visitors, who live in rural areas where people are unaccustomed to foreigners, sometimes find it very annoying to have children point fingers at […]

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German Society And Culture

Real Germans hate “winging it”. They like pre-planned programs with lots of little details. They can usually be the first people to point out that you made a mistake in your planning. Germans value order, privacy and punctuality. They are thrifty, hard working and industrious. Germans respect perfectionism in all areas of business and private […]

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German Etiquette And Social Customs

With regards to formalities, the English language is quite straightforward in that the use of “you” can apply to both formal and casual situations, and to all people. However, it is important to note that this is not the case with the German language. In terms of social customs and etiquette, whilst the basic rules […]

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Montreal Music And Club Scene

As Canada’s second largest-city and the centre of French speaking North America, Montreal has always warranted a lot of attention from culture vultures eager to find the next-best-thing.  And while Montreal boasts its fair share of museums, theatres and renowned dance acts, it’s arguably the city’s rich, eclectic music and club-scene that draws visitors to […]

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Canada Facts And Trivia

Canada is an amazing country, with a great diversity of characteristics. Here are a few interesting facts about Canada. Facts About Canada Canada is the second largest country in the world, with 9,971,000 square kilometres of land. The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883. With only three people per square kilometer, Canada has […]

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How Emotional Are Canadians?

Canadians do not appreciate aggressive behavior or driving and have a low tolerance for shouting and public displays of affection. Local* Perspective – Consistent with a strong sense of personal space and with protestant prudence, it is not that common to see Canadians displaying affection in public. There is an implicit acceptance of ’positive yet neutral’ […]

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How To Communicate With Canadians

In general, there is an unspoken code of decorum that has to be observed in public places and which can only be broken in big gatherings such as an outing to a restaurant. Local* Perspective – Canadians jealously guard personal space and privacy, making them very reserved people. It takes a while for them to warm […]