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Verbal expressions across cultures by Norine Dresser

Level: intermediate high
Listen to Dorine Dresser's talk about how to use people's names  accross cultures and answer the questions below.
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1.   When do you use the first name to address people and when do you use the last name?   Exlplain your choices.

2. What are the naming rules in your country?  
(   (Naming rules may refer to the order of last names,  choice of  the last name, use mother or father's  first name as part of the baby's name,  etc)  

     Explain  the rules and reflect on the implications of using a naming system as opposed to another.

 .   3. Norine Dresser says “we are very individualistic and competitive but in cultures that are more community oriented, complimenting doesn’t work”.

Can you explain this statement?

 4. Definitely our culture is very different from the Asian ones and   Norine Dresser had to find a way to understand and to be understood by her students. 

      What would you have done if you had been in her shoes?


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