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Strange is strange is not strange…..it`s me!

In German we have at least five different aspects of “strange”. Or so to say five different ways of understanding “strange”:

1. a stranger looks strange or behaves strange, in the way that I perhaps never have seen before.

2. not to be familiar with something or someone.

3. stranger in the sense of foreigner, coming i.e. from another country or culture

4. strange can also mean “to be different to oneself

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German romanticism….

German romanticism….….and Chinese!

It feels like this when I imagine Germans and Western people feeling excluded like me as I told you yesterday. Excluded  by this so charming Chinese smile of a group. Watching the group, looking for some kind of contact, but just facing this smile.

I know about the importance of the group in Chinese social life. I know about the role of group cohesion and it´s relevance for social behaviour, for social functioning and I know about the role of group identity which gives personal orientation. Which also carries personal identity. Which shapes and characterizes identity at all. – In China……………………….

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To meet the strange in yourself

If one understands training as: organized activity aimed at imparting information and / or instructions to improve the recipient´s performance or to help him or her to attain level of knowledge or skill, training just is a necessary step on the way to improve.

Intercultural training as preparing yourself for meeting people from another culture means most of all especially in the beginning nonverbal communication. As you cannot speak the language or understand what is meant between the lines you are just open with all your senses: Your eyes look and try to figure out what it´s all about. Often you see but don´t understand. Your ears listen to some kind of strange sound which you probably have never heard before. Your nose smells extraordinary strange, ……………………………

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