Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: What To Say/Not To Say

So, there has been some discussion going around in the world that pertains to “labeling.”  Labeling can have severe repercussions when visiting other countries.  If you don’t know a specific group of people, labeling them can be very detrimental and sometimes dangerous.

Example, when I first started exploring “The Strip” in Las Vegas, Nevada, I realized that there were lots of tourists.  Tourists are people that visit from a foreign country (I won’t call someone from Los Angeles a tourist…just because they’re next door).

On the other hand, racial epithets and sayings being used in a negative connotation can spark outrage.  In Japan, they use the word “Gaijin” when they label someone to be “outside” of their country.  However, they do not call Africans or Indians Gaijins; only anglo-foreigners, which stings even more for those coming from the likes of Africa or India.

In addition, in Thailand they call foreigners farangs.  However, Chinese, Africans, Indians, Filipinos and others are called by their nationalities.  Anglos, on the other hand, are called “farangs,” which almost equates to “rich white man.”

Calling someone based on the color, creed, religion, cultural background or anything else that can raise someone’s blood pressure is what you want to avoid.  I see a lot of people consistently labeling others and that makes them the aggressor; let alone in drops the defences and morals of the other person.

So when you travel to a foreign country, especially an English speaking country, look at someone for the character they have, not what’s on the outside.


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