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Undershirts and Tuna: 5 Behaviors Foreigners Should Avoid in Jordan image

Do you ever wish someone would just tell you directly if you’ve embarrassed or offended them? In Jordan, you will rarely find that someone. Chances are, they will discuss our behaviors with others, but most would rather not share with you directly if something you have done is considered disrespectful or socially unacceptable. As a foreigner who has lived in Jordan nearly a decade, I now know that there have been dozens of times my knowledge of local culture was inadequate and, consequently, I did not behave in culturally appropriate ways.  It wasn’t out of malice, but rather lack of awareness on my part. Working in an intercultural development center that emphasises cultural awareness as an essential aspect of language ...

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