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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Luxembourg?

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We asked people in Luxembourg 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!...

"In Luxembourg, it is considered impolite to interrupt when someone else is speaking. It is also important to be respectful towards authority figures, address people you do not know using formal titles and communicate in a polite and respectful manner. Additionally, Luxembourg is a Roman Catholic country and it is important to be mindful of religious holidays and customs, such as avoiding displaying public affection on those days. In general, it is polite to dress conservatively in public, and visitors should avoid rowsdiness and loud behavior," said another expat in Luxembourg.

"I think the most humorous blunders for the whole family have been because of translation and mispronunciations issues. With 4 languages it can get quite confusing. We've had a few conversations where we thought we were talking about air and hair and the function of our radiator when it turned out to really be horses but the English mispronunciation back to us was "whores". Between the 4 languages, air, hair, horse and whores can all sound very similar and when ever so slightly used incorrectly can erupt a room into laughter. We can hardly talk about hair and horses anymore without busting up with laughter every time. On a recent visit to Germany I wanted to practice a couple phrases I learned, to order our favorite lunch. I got to the counter and successfully made the order but at the end one of my kids changed their minds but I hadn't practiced the new choice. I must have looked so lost because the lady spoke up, in English, and asked if she had heard my child correctly and this would be the final order. I was shocked, assuming she didn't know English and confirmed the order. When I asked about her English she said, "oh yes I speak a lot of English but I thought you wanted to practice your German so I just let you"!! *blush*," wrote a member who made the move to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

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