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  •  LOL ... very funny. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rei

    We have a Chinese version of that - because our culture is to politiey greet neighbors, even the ones we hate, so goes something like this.

    A: Hello.
    B: Hello.
    A: Where are you going?
    B: This way.
    A: See you next time.
    B: See you.

    We could learn to save time.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 11:19:46 AM PDT

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    •  In a way... (1+ / 0-)
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      a lot of Icelandic culture and language is sort of the opposite of Asian cultures and languages.  For example, politeness and formality, common in Asian cultures and languages, are very much not Icelandic.   You don't use any sort of "please" when asking for things; you literally order food along the lines of, "I want X" or "I plan to get X".  You address everyone by first name, with no honorific -- even people like the prime minister.  The last name is just a patronymic (föðurnafn) anyway.  Even the phone books are sorted by first name.  And people drop the f-bomb as casually as Americans drop regular bombs  ;)  Here's one of my favorite examples.  ;)  That's an ad in a public park for an exhibit of nature photography at the national museum.

      •  Nothern Chinese are famous (1+ / 0-)
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        For being very direct in a simillar manner and I would attribute this to the fact it is so bloody cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

        Seriously, when it's -20C time matters.

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 09:47:01 PM PDT

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