January 7, 2011

Fasten Seat Belts: Short Videos about Cultural Norms

From http://fastenseatbelts.eu/en/35/0/About-this-project

You can get yourself into all sorts of trouble in other countries if you don't have an understanding of the cultural language. Much of our behaviour can mean other things in other countries, some of it amusing, some of it extremely offensive. One gesture, or movement, or expression, may have many different meanings, just as our verbal language has words which may have different meanings.

Fasten Seatbelts 1 includes 35 clips explaining Do's & Don'ts in the different countries of Europe, as well as language programmes for 20 of the languages of Europe.

Fasten Seat Belts 2, designed for travellers going to Asia, combines various « Dos and Don’ts » (gestures, traditions, manners…) relating to the following countries : Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, India and China, as well as practical expressions in the official languages of these 6 countries, spoken clearly and supported by on screen text and transliteration + translations in French, English, Spanish, German.

Visit the Fasten Seatbelts website and browse the video clips at http://fastenseatbelts.eu

Read a review of the project at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/01/fasten-seat-belts-videos-about-cultural.html

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