How to get to know other peoples culture?
…peek your neighbor in London’s underground!
There are many thinks you can do in order to get to know other peoples culture – I usually like to ask about fairytales.
However, fairytales are a difficult topic because in many cases I had problems to understand them linguistically. But then I realized that it wasn’t really the language, I understood them perfectly well, I couldn’t grasp the joke or the conclusions of the fairytales they told me. I heard many stories from the Damara, Himba and Herero. They all told me famous stories about lions, cheetahs and wolfs – but for me these story’s didn’t make any sense at all. I don’t know where you come from but for me, as a German, English humor is quite different as well. It took me a couple of years to understand British humor. And this is because fairytales and humor have a deep social and cultural connection. I think in Germany it is quite normal to become a bit louder in case you are angry. In Britain this is a no go. So how do British people cope with their emotions? – they use a brought variety of humor and sarcasm! So British humor serves a social purpose, it is like an emotional relief, because in Britain becoming loud or even to show emotions it is not quite socially acceptable. Therefore, as a foreigner, you are going to experience Britain as the politest place in the world – so long you don’t understand British humor. If you ever have a chance to visit London’s underground, what a lovely museum, you need to peek your neighbor. Yes, go ahead and peek you neighbor – gently. Do this anthropological experiment. They all say to you “…oh, I am sorry”.