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Thread #138129   Message #3161475
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
27-May-11 - 05:38 PM
Thread Name: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Subject: RE: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Personally I think it much more important to be friendly than to be too honest.
That is the point: some ways of talking are general expressions of friendliness in one culture, whereas another culture may assume formalistic indifference or even irony, i.e. lack of friendliness, in the very same phrases or their literal translations.

For example, "Dear Mr McGrath, thank you for your interesting opinion." may be a literal translation of quite a friendly address.