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Category Archives: Cross-cultural awareness

What to do in Britain

Longleat stately home

One thing my parents loved to do with us children when we were young was to go and visit a stately home now and again. These very large country houses were (or still are) occupied by aristocratic families.

A lot of them are open to the public. Perhaps the most difficult decision to make is to decide where to start.

What about visiting Longleat (that’s the stately home on the photo)? I read that it’s probably one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public – and one I’ve never been to!

Have you ever visted a stately home before?

Life in Tibet

China Daily is an English-language daily newspaper which is published in the People’s Republic of China. It offers a “window into China” and has some wonderful online photo galleries with easy-to-read captions – all giving an insight into life in Asia.  Look at some wonderful pictures showing life in Tibet and learn what Tibetans do toContinue Reading

Eating in China

I’ve learned a lot from etiquette expert William Hanson on how to behave when dining in China (so I’m prepared if I ever do go!). (Perhaps the company I’m working for at present wants to send me!) Would you know what to do and what not to do? Watch the video to find out.


China Daily has some lovely photo galleries with easy-to-read captions. Take a look at these photos of anti-pollution masks around the world.  Some are quite frightening, aren’t they?

Going out for a meal

Let’s learn a bit about table manners and restaurant etiquette with etiquette expert William Hanson.

Give it a try!

If you do go to Britain, you must try fish and chips with salt – and, wait for it, vinegar. Wonderful! I’d stay away from those mushy peas, though. I also like salt and vinegar crisps. And what’s your favourite?

How to feel at home

To feel at home in Britain, I recommend that you drink tea with milk – and perhaps a little bit of sugar. Of course, that is black tea. But nobody says that in England. Tea is tea! By the way, I’m a milk-in-first person! And what about you?

October in Munich

If you’re planning a trip to the Oktoberfest in Munich this year, you might like to prepare yourself well first. You’ll find everything you need to know on the Oktoberfest website.

Holiday guides

Before phoning someone in the US, it might be helpful to check whether they should be at work. This holiday guide for this year (and this guide for next year) might be able to help you. You can even change the country if you like.

Mind your manners – and learn some rules

You’ve been invited out for a meal in the US and are not sure how to behave at the table. In this tip sheet by Ann Marie Sabath, you’ll learn: how to use napkins correctly how to eat your soup and bread and rolls the differences between “American” and “European” styles of dining and theContinue Reading