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Изучение языка - это путешествие в страну нового и интересного, свобода разговаривать с носителями и не чувствовать себя глухонемым в их компании. Но за частую процесс изучения отбивает всю охоту. Я расскажу о том, как это делать приятно и с пользой.

Автор: gatita Создан: 4 февраля 2013 в 18:26 Всего записей в блоге: 87 Репутация: 38

So weird!

Опубликовано: 29 марта 2013 в 12:25


Today's video

So, imagine you're standing on a street anywhere in America and a Japanese man comes up to you and says,

«Excuse me, what is the name of this block?»

And you say, «I'm sorry, well, this is Oak Street, that's Elm Street. This is 26th, that's 27th.»

He says, «OK, but what is the name of that block?»

You say, «Well, blocks don't have names. Streets have names; blocks are just the unnamed spaces in between streets.»

He leaves, a little confused and disappointed.

So, now imagine you're standing on a street, anywhere in Japan, you turn to a person next to you and say,

«Excuse me, what is the name of this street?»

They say, «Oh, well that's Block 17 and this is Block 16.»

And you say, «OK, but what is the name of this street?»

And they say, «Well, streets don't have names. Blocks have names. Just look at Google Maps here. There's Block 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. All of these blocks have names, and the streets are just the unnamed spaces in between the blocks.

And you say then, „OK, then how do you know your home address?“

He said, „Well, easy, this is District Eight. There's Block 17, house number one.“

You say, „OK, but walking around the neighborhood, I noticed that the house numbers don't go in order.“

He says, „Of course they do. They go in the order in which they were built. The first house ever built on a block is house number one. The second house ever built is house number two. Third is house number three. It's easy. It's obvious (очевидно).“ 

So, I love that sometimes we need to go to the opposite side of the world to realize assumptions (допущения) we didn't even know we had, and realize that the opposite of them may also be true. 

So, for example, there are doctors in China who believe that it's their job to keep you healthy. So, any month you are healthy you pay them, and when you're sick you don't have to pay them because they failed at their job. They get rich when you're healthy, not sick. (Applause)

In most music, we think of the „one“ as the downbeat, the beginning of the musical phrase: one, two, three, four. But in West African music, the „one“ is thought of as the end of the phrase, like the period at the end of a sentence. So, you can hear it not just in the phrasing, but the way they count off their music: two, three, four, one.

And this map is also accurate (точная, никак не аккуратная (ложный дружок переводчика)). (Laughter) 

There's a saying that whatever true thing you can say about India, the opposite is also true. So, let's never forget, whether at TED, or anywhere else, that whatever brilliant ideas you have or hear, that the opposite may also be true. Domo arigato gozaimashita.


I hope you enjoyed! Not so jaw-dropping but still pretty much surprising, right?  Maybe you have examples of your own when two cultures came into collision. GIVE IT TO ME! I really wanna know. And have a nice three-days-long weekend!


Как интересно, вспоминается книга Овчинникова "Ветка сакуры", где он описывает свои мучения с поиском нужного дома. Японцы же в прихожей вседа держат чашу со своими визитками, где на одной стороне нарисована карта их района с обозначением дома, их они дают друзьям, чтобы те не потерялись.
Well, my example of missunderstanding between two cultures, that asians never show their angry and just smile and you can't understandt if your conversation go right.:)

Автор: Fiametta31 марта 2013 в 0:06


Yep. They are so polite and smiling))

Автор: gatita31 марта 2013 в 14:16


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