Navigating Culture: From Accidental Insults to Cultural Understanding
There was silence around the lunch table that I was sharing with my Brazilian host family at my host grandmother's special birthday lunch. I looked down at the flowered tablecloth, confused and embarrassed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong in the conversation leading up to this uncomfortable pause. My host grandmother had asked a simple question, how I liked school, and I had answered as enthusiastically as I could with my brand new Portuguese language skills. 'I really like school and my new friends, Grandmother!' Now everyone was staring at me and looked angry! What had I done?