What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Toronto?
We asked people in Toronto if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...
"It is important to be mindful of cultural differences when visiting Toronto. It is important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions, and to be aware of any potential cultural faux pas. For example, it is important to be aware of the local dress code and to dress appropriately for the occasion. It is also important to be aware of the local language and to avoid using offensive language or making jokes that could be seen as offensive. Additionally, it is important to be respectful of the local Indigenous peoples and their culture, and to avoid making any comments that could be seen as insensitive or disrespectful. Finally, it is important to be aware of the local customs and etiquette, and to avoid making any gestures or comments that could be seen as rude or inappropriate," said a member in Toronto, Canada.
"The "embarrassing" blunder we committed is actually leaving our dandelions in the garden because we like them. It's one of the few flowers children are actually allowed to pick in abundance. However, according to several of my friends, it is actually "asocial" to have dandelions in your garden because you "contaminate" the gardens around you and trouble your neighbours who will therefore have to work harder getting rid of theirs. I am still in culture shock and feel sad about this desire to eradicate innocent natural plants (including forget-me-nots, lilies of the valley, and many other beautiful wildflowers which don't cause any harm.)," remarked another expat who made the move to Toronto, Canada.
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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Toronto?If you live in Toronto, newcomers to Toronto would love to hear your answer to this question.