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USA Erklärt / USA Explained

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Ich habe gerade (via Praegnanz.de ein nettes neues Blog gefunden: USA Erklärt ist ein Blog von einem mehrsprachig aufgewachsenen Amerikaner über die kulturellen Unterschiede zwischen dem englischen und deutschen Sprach- und Kulturraum.

Die Sache mit "Nein" war mir bis jetzt nur bei den Japanern bekannt. Obwohl es bei den Japanern wohl nochmal stärker zu sein scheint.


Via Praegnanz.de, I just found a nice new blog: USA Erklärt ("USA explained") is a German-language blog where a US-American who grew up multi-lingual illustrates differences between English and German culture and language.

I wasn't really aware until now that saying "No" was considered that impolite in the US. So far I only heard about it being that way in Japan. But it seems to be even more impolite there.

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Jens Ayton writes:
“No” being impolite is not unusual. I grew up in Swaziland in southern Africa and picked up a small amount of siSwati; it was only recently that I realised I didn’t know how to say “no”. Turns out the word (cha) is near-taboo except in contexts like admonishing children.
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