We had a culture bump at the University of Houston gym.  We saw an American person meet his friend.  They grabbed their opposite hand and pulled each other close and hit each other’s opposite shoulder.  We didn’t know what they were doing.  We felt confused, surprised and wondered if it was a game. […]

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We had a big culture bump when we talked to a student at the UH.  We were doing a survey and she answered our questions nicely.  So we thought she will take a picture with us, but she said, “I’m busy, sorry”.  She refused indirectly.  We knew she wasn’t busy because before we talked to […]

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We had a culture bump in Houston.  During class our teacher held up a poster and said, “Japanese see the whole thing and Americans look at the person or thing.”  We were surprised, curious and interested – wondering why there is a difference between the two people in their focus. The universal situation is describing […]

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We went to see a history class at the University of Houston, and we had a culture bump.  Our culture bump was that American students speak to the professor during the class, such as asking questions, and saying, “Yes”, “Okay” and “I know”.  When we saw them doing this, we were shocked and envious because we […]

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Maryam Al Nahwi says, “This is a picture of a culturebump for me . In my country Saudi Arabia, we don’t have trees and grass in most of the land area, we have desert mostly”.   This is a picture of a culture bump for me.  In my country Saudi Arabia, we don’t have statue […]

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The CNPC International Financial Training Class graduates on May 22, 2015 after a rigorous program that began with four weeks of language and cultural training in December of 2014.  Their program was sponsored by the University of Houston’s Asian American Studies Center Global Leadership Program directed by Dr. Yali Zou. While the Culture Bump Approach […]

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Click on each expression  Right Quick   – Quickly Yonder  – There   Fixing to – on the point of doing something  Fixing – to repair something that is broken Fixing – to prepare something e.g. food Y’all – Plural form of “you” Drainboard – place beside the kitchen sink where dishes are placed to dry […]

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Culture Bumps™ in Global Classrooms is a unique app that compares ten common behaviors in university classrooms around the globe. These include day to day situations such as coming to class late, working in groups, using electronics in class and showing respect to the professor.This intercultural listing of both similarities and differences (culture bumps™) between […]

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