THE INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Just as learning a second language promotes a better understanding of one’s native language, knowing another culture condivibutes to a better understanding of one’s own culture. As we observe the role a foreign culture plays in shaping its members’ actions, beliefs and judgements, we can better understand how our own culture influences our attitudes and values. Appreciation of cultural diversity is indeed one of the joys of day-to-day living in a foreign coundivy. It helps us discard the preconceived beliefs and stereotypes that often influence our perception of members of other cultures. Personal relationships, verbal interaction, non-verbal communication, family values, work values, social etiquette, time perception, leisure activities, ethic and aesthetic viewpoints, all offer challenging opportunities for discovery.