Aurelia wrote:I know it's difficult to make generalisations of whole nations, but would you say Czechs are more frank and straight forward, or more polite and indirect? I mean for example when a person is asked out by another person he/she doesn't like in that way... A Dutch reply might be: "Hahahah no, never!!", whereas in an Asian face-saving culture it might be "Yes" even though the person has no intention of going. A Finn is somewhere in between, most likely will say no but still try to make it polite: "Well... Maybe that's not the best idea... I mean I think you are great, but there's just all this stuff going on..."
Aurelia wrote:Finns also (in general) tend to mean what they say. In American culture, "How are you?" and "We should have lunch sometime!" don't mean anything but social chatting, but in Finland the first gets a detailed reply of what's going on in their lives and the second gets a suggestion for a date and time of the lunch date!
Aurelia wrote:Also, another aspect of this, in China I was repeatedly told I was fat (which I am not, but anyone is huge compared to them) straight to my face with a smile. And in Italy my friend will always hear "Oh look at you, you have gained so much weight!!", like there is nothing special about that statement. I've been asked by a German how much money I make and by an American what my religious and theological views are - within five minutes of meeting them. In Finland, it would be very unusual to hear any of this in a conversation, as we respect privacy and minding one's own business almost above any other thing. So what about Czechs - can these kinds of things be talked about?
Aurelia wrote:Thank you thank you thank you! You are lifesavers, taking the time to answer my questions (in the middle of the night too - kde pracuješ?)!
Aurelia wrote:Yes based on my visits in Czech Republic (though only Prague and Kladno so far) I've gotten the impression that we are maybe more similar than different... Not just in culture but some history as well, like being wronged by bigger nations around us, which of course affects the culture too. (Though if comparing Sweden and Finland to Czech and Slovakia, you are like Sweden is for us: bigger, richer (?), more famous and always get the medals in hockey !)
Aurelia wrote:Here again... I've been very unwell for the past two weeks, so no energy to study or to do anything really. But still alive, at least .
So how do you say in Czech: get well soon?
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