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知乎精选:你旅行时感受到最大的文化冲击

2017-09-30 09:41

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  What was your biggest culture shock while traveling?

  你旅行时感受到最大的文化冲击

  来自@Christine De Benedetto的回答:

  Some of my family lives in Poland. I was visiting my aunt there and out shopping at Tesco. We went to the checkout line and I smiled widely at the cashier.

  我家有些人住在波兰。当时我去拜访我的姨妈,然后一起去乐购买东西。当我们走到收银台的时候,我对着收银员露出了灿烂的微笑。

  She gave me a dirty look and then started yelling at me. My Polish language skills aren't the best and I looked at my aunt in confusion.

  她轻蔑地看了我一眼,然后开始对我嚷嚷。我的波兰语不是很好,所以我就一脸疑惑地看着我姨妈。

  She responded to the cashier, “Relax, she is just an American. They are a lot less miserable than us Poles.”

  她对那个收银员说:“放轻松,她是个美国人。她们的日子没我们这么惨。”

  The cashier was not used to smiles and pleasantries and just assumed that my smile was because I was making fun of her.

  那个收银员并不习惯微笑和幽默,她以为我对她笑是在取笑她。

  来自@Chris Northcutt的回答:

  I'm American, and used to work in SE Asia for a company headquartered in London.

  我是个美国人,以前在一家总部位于伦敦的公司工作,工作地点是东南亚。

  On one summer trip to the London HQ I was staying in a nice hotel that included a traditional British breakfast. One morning I was seated near an American family, and thought my goodness they are so loud! I noticed others sometimes glancing at them.

  有一年夏天,我出差去伦敦的总部,当时住在一家很不错的酒店里,酒店附送传统的英式早餐。一天早上,我坐在了一个美国家庭的旁边,当时觉得“我的天啊,他们真够吵的!”

  The children were all very well behaved but obviously very excited anticipating their first full day exploring London (I eavesdropped a little).

  孩子们都挺有礼貌,不过显然对他们第一天的伦敦探险感到非常兴奋。(这是我不小心听到的)

  I realized if this had been a restaurant in the USA their speech volume would have been quite normal and acceptable , and I wouldn't have noticed. As I had not been around Americans for several months, I had become used to a lower decibel level while dining without realizing it. This was kind of a re-entry culture shock.

  我当时发现,如果这是一家美国餐厅,他们讲话的音量其实挺正常的,完全可以接受,而我也应该不会注意到他们。但由于我已经几个月没有在美国呆过了,我已经习惯了分贝更低的就餐环境,而我自己还没意识到。

  I made it a point to introduce myself, that it was refreshing to hear other Americans after so long away, and with a bit of a twinkle said it was very nice to clearly hear how excited they are about the day ahead. The parents picked right up on it, and I later heard them nicely and quietly telling their children they could still hear them even if they spoke more softly..

  我试图去介绍了我自己,说很高兴在离开了这么久之后能再次听到其他美国人讲话,然后带着点暗示对他们说“能清楚地听到他们对这一天有多兴奋,真是太好了。”家长们马上就会过意了,后来我听到他们和蔼地对自家孩子说:即使他们小声说话,爸爸妈妈也是听得到的。

  来自@Odin Training的回答:

  I wasn’t traveling but had moved to the UK from Canada.

  我并不是在旅行,不过我从加拿大搬到英国来了。

  I was standing at the bus stop with a few other people.

  我当时正和其他一些人一起站在一个公交站。

  When the bus pulled up, it stopped right in front of me.

  当巴士停下来的时候,正好停在了我面前。

  The doors opened and I go to step on the bus, then I feel a thud on my shoulder.

  门打开之后,我马上就上去了,结果感到有什么东西戳了我的肩膀一下。

  I turn around and an elderly lady was hitting me with her umbrella.

  我转过身来发现一位老太太正在用她的雨伞戳我。

  When I looked at her she said something about not pushing in line.

  当我看着她的时候,她告诉我不要插队。

  I apologized and explained that I had just moved from Canada and there we just get on the bus from where it stopped.

  我道歉了,然后解释说我刚刚从加拿大搬过来,而我们那都是巴士停在哪就在哪上。

  She replied, “In England we respect the queue!” I didn’t even know what the word queue meant, but I soon learned that they do indeed line up for everything and they board the bus in the order they arrived at the bus stop.

  她回答道:“我们英国有排队的规矩!”我当时还不知道“队”是个什么意思,后来才知道,他们基本真的干什么都排队,而且他们上巴士的时候,是按到达车站的顺序来排的。

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