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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
In Japan, Korea, and China, respect is generally given _______________.

In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, generally ________________.

In Japan, Korea, and China generally speaking, ___________.

In the United States of America, Canada and Great Britain, generally, "success" is about individual success.

In Japan, Korea, and China, generally speaking, leadership is silent, and they lead from behind the people.

In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, generally, open debate is discouraged.

In Japan, Korea, and China, generally speaking, your latest results are all that matter.

In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, generally, group success is more important than how well one individual does.

The "Samurai mentality" is to serve a master and the people for the greater good.

In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, people generally think: "I am an individual, and I must make it on my own."


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163 Comments on “8 Cultural Differences between Native Speakers and English Learners”


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I think this is a very important lesson. I learned a lot of new thing so I am going to understand west better. Thanks from Turkey.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

It’s very beautiful lesson! Thank you!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Very good lesson! i liked it! Thanks! 6 out of ten.. i will do better next time! ;)

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you very much James!!!
Have you ever thought about making a video about Canadian culture, tradition and habits??It´d be really interesting for all of those who have never been there, like me…

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you for this great lesson!

I did 10 out of 10. I like this type of discussion.

:D

Thursday, April 21st 2016

    Hey, what do you think about add me on skype ? we can talk in english
    Ricardinho_veiga

    Thanks

    Thursday, April 21st 2016

Hi James.Interested lesson from you and helps people who emigrate from East to West (like me) to understand the new mentality.But as I’ve noticed since I have been living in UK ,some “cultural difference “become common;for exemple,many companies from UK are interested of 5 years history of work and if you had a goal ,you have to explain why did you have it…so an so.From this point of view I’m inclined to belive that some rules from East have influenced the West.As like you,I don’t know if it is good or bad !

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Many thanx, James. I reckon again that Ukrainian culture is a bridge between East and West)

Thursday, April 21st 2016

    Hi natalie i’ll may name yassou i’m 23 years old i’ll be happy if you accept learning english together

    Friday, May 6th 2016

I have got 100% in the quiz, and it is my result of my efforts in learning. But I can help others) Thank you, James!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

thank you. teacher James it’s was a very good lesson and what I wanna say is we are people from middle east we are mixed the culture between west and east

Thursday, April 21st 2016

i got 8 but i still don’t understand about this lesson

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thanks for your great lesson. After having lived in Australia, which I think it is still considered as West, for almost nine years, I can see now more clearly that there is absolute difference between West and East. I like things more in Western way.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you James for interesting lesson about culture. I think the different approach between west and east in the 5th point is the most important and many things depend on it . If the law isn’t same for all ,there isn’t normal development .

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Hi James, I like your classes I’ve learned so much with you. Thank you.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

    Hi Mary if you want we can spreak each other.I think it helps our speech

    Sunday, July 3rd 2016

Hi James,

I would like to know why I cannot view the video content as usual. This is the message appearing on the screen each time I click to view your clip. “This video contains content from Learnvid. It is restricted from playback on certain sites. Watch on YouTube.”

Bests

Lee

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you James!!! In my opinion you’re a successfull teacher!!! I have had a lot of fun watching your video!!!It has made me think very much!!!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you a lot ))

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thanks James for this lesson about differences between cultures, it is very important to know, specially if we have contact with people from different countries.

I really enjoyed this video!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Hi, thank for making this great lesson. It is not only interesting but also important to know about culture because we can understand people. It will be very cool if you make a specific lesson about culture. For examplo, what is the difference between Canada and England? South America. Euroupe…thank you, Thiago

Thursday, April 21st 2016

thank you very much.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

] admire you Because i think you are best enlish teacher between the all teacher in this website.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thanks for this interesting lesson, and i agree with you, so It’s so helpful for different mentalities, so It’s a great lesson ever i hear about.
Thank you very much

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Hello James. Very interesting lesson! I liked it a lot. I got 100. Thanks!

Thursday, April 21st 2016

it’s amazing lesson. james, you know the culture of the East very well. thanks a lot, i understand all of it :D

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Hi James, this lesson is very clever but also very daring, because showing the cultural approach to the fondamental matters of life could easily create some misunderstanding. Best regards.

Friday, April 22nd 2016

I got 90. I absolutely agree.

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Thanks for every lesson that you have for everyone, you are one of the most important teachers on this web page so please keep like this and if you have any different lesson please not take to long time to show us and practice more with you

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Thanks a lot, James for such a bit philosophical lesson. PS your bow tie suits you so well!!!

Friday, April 22nd 2016

!Thx a lot

Friday, April 22nd 2016

The difference between the Cowboy and the Samurai mentality! Very well explained!
Thanks!

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Thanks

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Hello evernote. I’d like to practice my english. Who wants to practice with me? My Skype id is Willingtonzapata add me. Take care

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Very interesting lesson, James. It is important to know (and respect) cultural differences to interact in a constructive way with foreign people. Thank you.

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Congratulations James!!
It was a very very good lesson!
Thaks a lot! xD

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Thanks, James! it was a good lesson!
And if you have to meet someone from VietNam at 12 o’clock, meet at 12:30, you’ll be fine :)))

Friday, April 22nd 2016

thanks James

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

I Haven´t realized on this before, and I learned things that didn´t even know about, It´s really interesting the things that you´ve tought us, thank so much

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

I live in Honduras and they have the same west culture, which is cool. Thanks Mr. James

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Good lesson

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

thank you somuch

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

wow, I’ve seen him first time, he’s really cool western speaker!

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Really interesting and informatively!! Thanks and good luck!!

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Thank you for video. I am originally from place, where Western and Estern mentality mixed together. I am struggling now again, what mentality Namibians have… They come late, they talk around the bush, they treat people for the position but for latest thing also…

Sunday, April 24th 2016

it’s really true sir . I’m Asian

Sunday, April 24th 2016

Thanks for your lesson, James!

Sunday, April 24th 2016

I got 10 correct of 10! Thanks for this interesting lesson.

Monday, April 25th 2016

I got 9.
A lesson to reflect.
Thank you, sir James! :D
ALways so elegant.
See you!
Take care!

Monday, April 25th 2016

Oh! All is perfectly correct. But nowadays is changing slowly. Thank you

Monday, April 25th 2016

Amazing lesson! tks

Monday, April 25th 2016

The differences between West and East are not so much those between cultures as those between countries with democracy, freedom and rule of law and countries without these things above. I come from China and I myself never identify with so called “Chinese culture.” Where there is human rights, where my home is.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016

Very good video. I like both sides :)

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

Thank you,James.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

As I am from Turkey which is the middle eastern country you can say that again James! You really depicted cultural differences well between west and east…

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

    Yes, Istanbul is literally where East meets West!

    Wednesday, April 27th 2016

Awesome ! I have learnt the differences between the east and west . Know what? I got 10 on 10. Finally thanks to James for this useful lesson .

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

Thank you James. I’m from Mongolia. which is in Central Asia. I completely agree with you. but now everything is being changed day by day. We are getting more western..

Thursday, April 28th 2016

Thank you,James. Good lesson,That’s help me a lot.

Friday, April 29th 2016

wow!friend all around the world!

Sunday, May 1st 2016

This lesson is very useful! Thank you, James. I just noticed how we think groups is important

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Thanks James for this study about the differences between the western and eastern cultures!

I will not comment about the latin american culture, as a generalization. It’s “sui generis”. A mixture of other cultures and in-development. Different in different regions.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Hi James,
I respect you a lot as a very professional teacher of English for a long time.However the contents about “cultural differences..”are a little superficial and useless for me .The world it’s a little more big and different than you think.
But if it’s for fun ,ok!!! Sorry for my personal frankness!
Thank you very much for everything else.

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Thank you for a good lesson. My personality is more like western people though I’m from East hh

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Very important lesson. Thanks James!
I do love such videos about cultural differences around the world. I’m a translation student and my major requires me to know about such things.
what you said in the introduction is so true and important.
Thanks again.You look so elegant today! :)

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Tks, mate! Great lesson.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

yeay! i got 9! thank you James!

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Hello James,
I really liked this lesson. It’s very useful. Thank you!!!

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thanks James!!!! Good Lesson!!!!

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

bVery good lesson about cultural difference. Thank you for this lesson

Thursday, May 5th 2016

I am agreed with you James! Thank you for the important lesson. Cheers !

Thursday, May 5th 2016

Once I was a teacher, but you teach much more better than me. I like your videos. thanks.

Thursday, May 5th 2016

One of the best lessons I’ve ever learned from engvid. The more we use the mix of both, the better we’re gonna be in order to deal properly in different situations. Tanks a lot!!!

Thursday, May 5th 2016

it is very nice!!!

Friday, May 6th 2016

I am Georgian and my country always’s been mixed with western an eastern Methaly.

Friday, May 6th 2016

This is awesome! I am from Turkey and I can understand these videos like my mother language.West and East I guess East side closer to me Thank you James :)

Friday, May 6th 2016

Thank you sir ,

That was a real great lesson.

Appreciate that.

Friday, May 6th 2016

please sir make a video on use of be,being and been please explain it deeply

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Great test! I got 10 correct out of 10.

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Hey there!!! Is here anybody who wants to improve her speaking skills?

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Hey Mr.James , I’m from Iraq and you’re definitely true.

Sunday, May 8th 2016

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Sunday, May 8th 2016

It is an amazing lesson,it learned us how your character should going to be?

Tuesday, May 10th 2016

i have 10 correct answers, it’s great!
I like the teacher pedagogy and his manner of teaching
Thaks

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Thank you so much for this lesson

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

I really appreciate you Mr James for waking my brain from sleeping, thank you God bless you

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

it is very important lesson! thank
you

Thursday, May 12th 2016

So true! I recognised myself in these facts. Mary, Russia.

Thursday, May 12th 2016

I am so blessed watching this video.
Now i know exactly how to deal with western and eastern people.

Got 10/10
Thank you James for this great lessons.

Thursday, May 12th 2016

my lecturer also said the same thing on cultural differences between western and eastern. well, thanks for this additional knowledge.

Friday, May 13th 2016

Thanks a lot James!
One of the best videos that you made! When you start to study a new language.. you will learn not only about grammar, rules, etc.. but also new cultures, this is awesome!

Saturday, May 14th 2016

I think it was a good lesson as it would help me to relate better with my manager and there expectations.

Monday, May 16th 2016

Nice lesson, is the first time watching a video from eng.vid and sure I will share this good job.

Monday, May 16th 2016

This is my first lesson here and I loved it! Great teacher and nice subject :)

Tuesday, May 17th 2016

thank you

Wednesday, May 18th 2016

Great lesson! Congratulations James!

Thursday, May 19th 2016

Very useful, thank you James I learned a lot from your video.

Thursday, May 19th 2016

In my point of view it was a great lesson.

Friday, May 20th 2016

Brilliant west and east comparison. I see both tendencies here, in Poland.

Sunday, May 22nd 2016

Great subject matter !!!

Monday, May 23rd 2016

The video record it’s really useful thanks James

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Spot on

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

thankyou..its very helpful to my studies.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

10 out of 10!!!! thanks James!

Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Thanks,James. You explained it clearly about
how different between Western and Eastern. I totally understood it.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

10 out of 10, now i can understand better of the culture from another society. Great lesson.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank your, James! Your lessons are very interesting and useful, especially about compare different cultures.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

10/10 Thank you, James! I like your advanced lessons.

Friday, May 27th 2016

Things are getting clear:) Thank you, James, that was really insightful!

Friday, May 27th 2016

thank you teacher JAMES very good lesson

Friday, May 27th 2016

yes,definitely. Culture plays a vital role in shaping one’s thought and the way one communicates with others.

Monday, May 30th 2016

    hi,which city are you living?

    Saturday, June 25th 2016

I think we can’t specify which one is better east or west.We should combine and learn from the difference culture side.So in my country we respect the people who older then us because they have many experience and give a good advice to us.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

thank you so much James it was very beneficial especially with the below translation just think in the future makea print papier for the quiz it will a definitely a good idea and may hepl more to revise the explained lessons thank you for your great effort and engvid

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Hi there! Again 10 correct of 10. Thank a lot:)

Saturday, June 4th 2016

Wow! James, you really have a special skill to choose interesting themes. And I agree with you about those differences. Generally speaking, in the Western World we are more individualist, imediatist and we don’t mind the traditios very much. However, I think we also are more tranquil and calm comparing to the Eastern World, where pepleo seem to be too strict with themselves and then become very stressed. By the way, I didn’t know you were British. That is nice!

Sunday, June 5th 2016

Great lesson

Monday, June 6th 2016

Teacher James, thank you very much for teaching me those important cultural differences in terms of businesses around the world.

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Thanks

Thursday, June 9th 2016

Very useful tips!

Thursday, June 9th 2016

How about building a relationship with a person from Africa or South America? Are they categorized as the Cowboy Mentality?

Friday, June 10th 2016

not exactly

Monday, June 13th 2016

this is really fun thanks james

Monday, June 13th 2016

Great lesson! Thanks from Russia. Right now more clear difference between West and East culture.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016

Thank you so much James

Tuesday, June 14th 2016

i got 100…!!!

Thursday, June 16th 2016

I think that a great lesson cause learner speakers from Latam ignore what kind behaviors means something. We imagine that all it´s obviously, and I discover that Southamericans are eastern mentaly must part.

Sunday, June 19th 2016

thank James, Such a helpful lesson

Monday, June 20th 2016

thanks James,such a interesting lesson.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016

Very good and true

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Thanks, James.Good course.

Friday, June 24th 2016

thanks! mr james very helpful this lessons its alway good to know how to behave in from of some peoples around the world .

Monday, June 27th 2016

nice lesson thanks James

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

thanks James. I learned a lot of new things from this video. I am Eastern but i love western culture

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

Nice one :) Thanks

Thursday, June 30th 2016

Hello and thanks for nice lessons.
Your lessons is very nice and lovely Mr James. You are very master in teaching english. Your body language is professional and lovely. I see your lessons for body language. Shahrokh from iran

Saturday, July 2nd 2016

It’s a helpful lesson to me, thanks!

Sunday, July 3rd 2016

I learn enough thank you teacher very much

Sunday, July 3rd 2016

Excellent lesson, thank you Mr. James

Monday, July 4th 2016

Thank you so much. I am happy, in Central America we have different overview and culture. It is not like West. We don´t belong the West

Monday, July 4th 2016

Nice lesson. The teacher is good at teaching. However, there are too much stereotypes and huge generalization, and it was misleading as well. See, I am a easterner but expressing my opinion directly. Anyways, still like your lessons!

Thursday, July 7th 2016

Good subjet, simple examples and great lesson

Friday, July 8th 2016

How I am enjoying your classes. They are very funny and amusing. I have to be greatful and pleased to listen your explanations, it’s the best choice to learn English. Thanks a lot, James.

Friday, July 8th 2016

hi friend! 10/10… and i don’t speak well …. good lesson! thank you!

Tuesday, July 12th 2016

good thanks

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

amazing explanation done by you james….this video helped me in better understanding of western culture and ofcourse my culture too.

Thursday, July 14th 2016

amazing lesson

Monday, July 18th 2016

GrReat lesson James.

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

THERE ARE CHANCE TO AMALGAMS BOTH CULTURE SLOWLY FOR THE IMPACT OF GLOBALIZATION.IS NOT IT?

Wednesday, July 27th 2016

TRUE JAMES. It’s useful to know by all immigrants in west. Thanks. I got 10.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

I’m in the middle between East and West. Here in Russia we used to think more like Eastern but we are getting used to be Western more and more nowadays. Thanks for this brilliant comparasion. Both side of it I can feel and use in everyday life ;)
That’s my first comment here, I’ve just resumed my English studying. Hope that at this place I can find a huge ideas how to improve my language skill.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

Thank u ..

Tuesday, August 9th 2016

as always good lesson

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

i got 10 of 10,thanks you very much,your video is very helpful, i guess if i have a oppotunity working with Western people, i will know how to deal with problems.

Thursday, August 18th 2016

i got 10/10

i’ve a good background of culture wow

Friday, August 19th 2016

it is a very useful lesson ,thanks !

Monday, August 29th 2016

Thank you James, it was a great lesson!!!

Wednesday, August 31st 2016

Hi James! nice lesson, really appreciate it! I’ve been thinking about one thing related to cultural differences recently, and I haven’t find answer. I even talked with one interpreter here in Ukraine about it (Hi from Ukraine by the way).The thing is the way you call strangers. In Russian we have word “дядя” or “тетя” literally mean uncle and aunt, and these words related not only to family ties but also to any strange man and woman (especially used between little child and parent) When child walks in a park with his mom and approaches to stranger and tries talk to him, mom might suggest that this is “дядя” which sounds quit friendly whereas “stranger” seems to sound cold and alienated. The question is are there in English similar words to russian “дядя и тетя” ? Hope my question makes sense)))

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Hi James, thank You for this fabulous full of wisdom video, this has explained a loooooooot, I am from the Czech Republic..what is considered as East, by my opinion is not a quiet true, geographicaly we’re right in the central Europe. I can confirm I feel like that, just somewhere between the EAST and WEST thinking. Otherwise I would recomend to see your nice explanation to everyone, cause it may make our world much better more tolerant and friendly place. You are precious teacher thanks for the inspiration)))

Monday, September 5th 2016

Thank you, James! It was a very good lesson!

Thursday, September 8th 2016

i love the form by your teaching, so if anybody want practice with me , i’m available :D

Tuesday, September 20th 2016

I totaly agree about the issue, it´s important to know with who we are talking to, in order to avoid a bad impression.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016
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