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Learning about the culture is another important part of travel and sightseeing. What customs should visitors be aware of when visiting a home in your country? What should and shouldn't people do? What are the expected customs and behaviors in this situation?
"put your best foot forward" = give a good impression
"You can put your best foot forward and impress the people of that country by learning about the culture and speaking their language."
"jump at the chance" = do some form of service in return for something in return
"I wanted my dad to pay for the movie tickets, so I jumped at the chance to do some extra work to pay for them."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Pete: Well, I'm thinking about going to Germany this summer [Great!], and I need some advice. You're the best person I know to answer my questions since you're German.
Pete: Well, don't laugh, but I met this really nice woman through an online music mailing list, you know, a discussion group on the Internet [laughter]. I need some advice. You see, Claudia, . . .
Markus: Ah, okay, okay. Now if you're meeting someone formally for the first time, like Claudia's parents, you should make sure you arrive on time.
Markus: Ah. You can call her Claudia [Okay], shake hands, and why don't you take her some flowers?
Markus: Humm. Honestly, I think you need to take a crash course in German before you leave. Claudia might think you're speaking Chinese or something if you don't.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Discuss the do's and don'ts that visitors should be aware of when visiting your country. Topics could include eating manners, dress, attendance at weddings and funerals, dating, giving and receiving gifts, etc. Share an experience where you or someone you know unintentionally did something inappropriate in another culture.
Choose one of these places below. Then, use the Internet to find the information to these questions:
Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Germany