cultural differences

Unit 3 Understanding each other
Cultural differences
Unit 3 Understanding each other
Cultural differences
Quiz on Culture
1. A western visitor might be
that the Chinese
hosts like to put food into the plates of their guests.
surprised □
glad □
2. It is
to give a loud “burp”(打嗝) after you
finish eating in Mongolia.
polite □
impolite □
3. In some parts of Polynesia(波利尼西亚), it is
________manners to be seen eating together.
good □
bad □
4. In Arab, it is
manners to stand close to his friend when
they are talking.
good □
bad □
5. In Britain, it is
manners to be close to one another.
good □
bad □
6. In the USA, people ask someone to come by holding the
palm _______and moving the fingers towards our body
Up □
down □
7. Crossing one's legs in the USA is a sign of being
relaxed □
nervous □
8. In china, people hand everything with
hand(s) to
show their respect.
The right □
the left □
both □
1.What’s the topic of the dialogue?
Cultural differences
2. Tick the subjects in the dialogue
an American celebration
pointing (gestures)
table manners
Read the passage carefully and
find some detailed information
to fill in the table.
In Britain
In the USA
Weddings In Korea
In Brunei
to others
Different Cultures
directly they receive
having a live hen and a rooster .
sitting separately; prohibiting alcohol;
playing drums
In many
pointing with their first
In Brunei
pointing with their thumb .
In Britain
lighting big fires outside; gathering
around ; having a party;eating food
In the USA
not familiar with it
True or False
1. It’s good manners for Americans as well as the British to
open the presents upon receiving them.
2. In Brunei it is polite to point to someone with one’s first
finger. F
3. In Korea, it is believed that hens can drive bad spirits
away from the wedding ceremony. F
4. It is considered lucky for the new couple to have an egg
laid during the ceremony in Korea.
5. In Brunei, you can have a good sleep if your neighbor
get married. F
6. There can be great cultural difference even between
people speaking the same language. T
7. You should take off your shoes before entering
someone’s house in Brunei as well as in big cities in T
Fill in the blanks
· Mali has to do her homework on c ultural
differences. So she goes online to chat with others
and find some i__________she
· She gets to know English and American people have
differences in culture even though they both speak
English. For example, The Americans may get
p uzzled
. when British talk about Bonfire Night.
People have different r eactions
in the West and
the East when they get presents. Westerners like to
open them as soon as they get them.
• In Korea, roosters are s upposed
to drive bad
spirits away from the wedding ceremony, and hens
are used to e nsure good luck for the marriage.
• In Brunei, a male guest has to sit with the
emale guest
and the other men , a f______
has to be with the bride and the other women in a
different area. What’s more, if you go to Brunei, you
should point with your t_______
instead of your
first finger.
• Appropriate b__________is
always welcome. So
remember when in Rome, do as the R________do.
Discussion (1)
Do you think it is necessary to learn about
cultural differences?
to experience different cultures;
to get a better understanding…;
to avoid unnecessary mistakes …. ;
to communicate freely and effectively,
to be a polite Person, etc.
Discussion (2)
What might happen if people had no
idea of other countries’ cultures?
cultural differences:
pointing to others:
• to experience different cultures;
• to get a better understanding…;
• to avoid unnecessary
mistakes …. ;
• to communicate freely and
• to be a polite Person, etc.
Writing: Cultural differences
Part I: People from different countries have
different cultures. For example, …
Part II: Learning cultural differences can benefit us
a lot. …
Part III: Therefore, it is necessary for us to learn
these cultural differences since the world now
becomes a global village.
Useful phrases: as soon as, while; be used to,
drive … away, ensure, be supposed to; adjust to,
get accustomed to (习惯); be familiar to;
besides, what’s more, in a word, …
•Complete the writing
after class.