1. Are there any customs in your country visitors might find strange?
  2. Are there many people of different cultures in your country? Are you friends with any?
  3. Are there people of different cultures in your country? Are you friends with any of them?
  4. Do you enjoy learning about other countries’ customs?
  5. Do you follow all of your country’s traditional customs?
  6. Do you know much about your own culture?
  7. Do you pray before each meal?
  8. Do you think “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” is always good advice? Why or why not? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
  9. Do you think it is important to follow a country’s customs when you visit there?
  10. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
  11. Have you ever experienced culture shock?
  12. Have you ever experienced reverse culture shock?
  13. Have you ever felt confused by the actions of someone from another culture? If so, tell me about it.
  14. Have you looked at Internet pages from a different culture? If so, how were they different from those of your own culture?
  15. How are your language teachers different from your teachers in your culture? How are they the same?
  16. How do people greet each other in your country? Has it changed from the past?
  17. How do you feel when you leave your home culture and enter a completely new culture?
  18. How do young people in your culture behave differently from older people?
  19. How do young people in your culture behave differently from people in this culture?
  20. If a group of people just came to your country from overseas, what advice would you give them?
  21. If aliens visited your country, what might surprise them?
  22. If you could change one thing about your culture, what would it be?
  23. If you could choose three aspects of your culture to put in a “time box” for the future, what would you put in it?
  24. In your culture is it polite to be straightforward and direct when you talk to someone? To whom is it OK and to whom is it not OK?
  25. On what occasions do you exchange flowers in your country?
  26. What are some customs in your country that people should follow when they are eating? Do you think other countries have the same custom?
  27. What are some of the most important customs in your country? How about Japan or China? How about America or Australia?
  28. What are some strange foreign customs that you have heard of?
  29. What are some strange wedding customs in your country?
  30. What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, etc.
  31. What are the five most important values of your culture? (For example, Family)
  32. What are your favorite customs?
  33. What culture besides your own do you admire? Why?
  34. What customs (from elsewhere) do you think should be included in our culture?
  35. What customs do you practice?
  36. What customs do you think should be revised?
  37. What customs do you think should no longer be practice?
  38. What do you like about your culture?
  39. What do you like least about your culture?
  40. What do you like most about your own culture?
  41. What do you think is important when visiting another culture?
  42. What do you think is interesting about your own culture?
  43. What does it mean to be polite in your culture?
  44. What don’t you like about your culture?
  45. What has surprised you when you’ve met people from other countries?
  46. What part your culture are you most proud of?
  47. What is considered rude in your culture? Is there anything in Canadian culture that is considered rude in your culture?
  48. What is culture shock?
  49. What is a reverse, or re-entry, culture shock?
  50. What is the best/most important thing your culture has given to the world?
  51. What is the best/most important thing your culture/country has adopted from another culture?
  52. What other cultures have you met people from?
  53. What your culture are you most proud of?
  54. When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?
  55. Who in your culture do you admire most?
  56. Why do you think culture is important?
  57. Would you ever consider living permanently in a country other than your home country? Why or why not?
  58. Would you ever consider marrying or dating someone from another culture?

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