Rudeness As Part of Cultural Differences
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Rudeness As Part of Cultural Differences

Rudeness is a practice that should not be a reason to discriminate because it is sometimes a part of cultural differences and while others are really rude in the way they speak and act, cultural differences must be considered since there are people who seem to speak rudely but it is due to their accent and a wrong interpretation of their words.

In the recent survey by a leading European travel site, the Philippines is among the least rude countries for foreign tourists.  This is not surprising because Filipinos are very hospitable and respectful to tourists especially foreign tourists. The Philippines is a hub for foreign tourists for many, many years because of it’s geographical setting and because it is very rich in natural resources that most tourists find very attractive and inviting.  The fact that the Philippines has been colonized by different countries makes it a very friendly country to foreigners. The Filipino culture is diverse but it maintains the traditional practices including being humble, simple and respectful.

An American described the Filipinos as happy, humble and simple people who love to enjoy life no matter how hard life is.  The kids who have so little in life are content with what little they have and just enjoy helping their parents with whatever they could to make things easier for their parents.  They don’t complain and they content themselves playing, holding hands and hugging each other especially in times of harsh times.  If they see a foreigner, they gather around and content themselves just watching every movement and listening to the words of the foreigners that they sometimes can’t understand.  That is part of the Filipino life.  The children are taught at home to be kind to others and give them due respect.  And so when the children grow up they always treat foreigners with high regard no matter who they are and no matter what they are.  The fact that a person has a different color and accent means that he will be treated with respect in the streets anywhere in the Philippines.  This is of course not generally speaking because there are those who are rude to foreigners but most Filipinos still value respect and kindness.

Going back to rudeness; Filipinos have always been the courteous and kind people in the olden times.  While times has changed these values, there are still more Filipinos especially in the rural areas who are still very courteous and kind to others that includes foreigners.  In the rural areas, hospitality is still a widely practiced value.  Visitors are respected with high regard and treated kindly.

Rudeness is a practice that happens anywhere.  This is usually in connection to how people talk.  The reason why some countries are considered very rude to tourists is the language differences.  There are languages with accents that seem too abrupt and to some people, they misinterpret it as rudeness. Of course we cannot point a finger and say some nationalities are rude while we aren’t because there are cultural differences that should be considered.

Rudeness is sometimes the product of a misunderstanding between different cultures and perhaps not meant to hurt anyone. 

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