Today’s Word: unexpected

August 8, 2018      =========

☆  unexpected  思いもよらない


If something is unexpected it surprises you because you did not think it was likely to happen. In terms of cultural differences, interestingly, even where the language is the same, there can be some unexpected differences. For example, you might not expect there to be many differences between American, British and Australian culture, because the English language is the most common language for these three places. However, when I traveled in each of these places I have found some unexpected differences.

One main unexpected difference for me, was the sense of humor differences. English and Australian people tend to have a sarcastic sense of humor, whereas American humor is more slapstick style comedy. Whenever I used sarcastic comedy in the US I usually had to say, “I’m joking!” afterwards!

Have you ever experienced any unexpected cultural differences?