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How to better understand a different culture without travelling

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After two years’ worth of travel restrictions, international travel finally resumed several months ago. Unfortunately, the Russo-Ukrainian war’s outbreak coincided with the removal of travel restrictions. International food and fuel supplies have been interrupted because of the conflict, making it impossible for many people to be able to afford to travel internationally.  

It is many people’s dream to travel and learn about new cultures. If you share this dream but your travel plans have been disturbed, then you will be pleased to know that you can learn about new cultures from home. Here’s how you can better understand different cultures without travelling:

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Online classes

Taking an online course is probably the best way for you to learn and understand new cultures without travelling. There are thousands of courses available online, which you can use to learn about new cultures, religions and societies. There are no limits to what you can take a course in from Persian poetry to comprehensive studies of ancient South American society. Unfortunately, most online courses aren’t free. Still, online course providers do try to make their courses as affordable as possible with many offering instalment plans in place of one-off payments.

By taking online classes, you are able to network with other students, some of whom might be able to teach you things that haven’t been covered in the course’s curriculum.

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Learning languages

A good way of learning about a country’s culture is to learn its language. A language can tell you a lot about a country. Unfortunately for many people though, learning a new language is very difficult and can be hard to achieve alone. Finding a tutor is a good way of learning a new language in a comfortable and supervised environment.

Even the world’s most challenging languages like Arabic can be learned online. Taking online Arabic classes can help you to master the language and meet new native Arabic speakers. The same is also true for other languages. Language tutors are nearly always native speakers.

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Making friends

If you are interested in a specific country’s culture and history, make friends with people from that country. There are two ways of doing this. First, make an account on an online forum or chat room and network with people there. Second, find a community of people from that country near you, hang around in that area and meet people. If you are interested in a specific religion, go to an information center or religious place of worship and ask to speak to somebody in charge.

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Local music

Aside from learning a country’s language, you should also listen to its music. The lyrics of the songs can tell you a lot about the country’s culture. Listening to the music can even help you learn the language. Do not rely only on the translations of the lyrics online. Such translations are not always accurate. This happens when the words are translated literally without considering the culture behind them.

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Visiting museums

Museums can give you a glimpse of a country’s history. If there are any artefacts from the country that you are interested in in a museum near you, consider going there and seeing them in person.

If you do not live anywhere near a museum that holds artefacts from your country of interest, it might be worth taking an online tour. Nearly every large museum in the world offers virtual tours, which you can take online and study the artefacts that you are interested in remotely. These virtual tours are often also accompanied by informative documents telling you about the history of each artefact that you select.

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New food

Even if you have never visited Japan, you can have a foretaste of the country’s culture by visiting a Japanese restaurant in your area. Trying new food is also a great way of expanding your palate. If there are any ethnic enclaves near you, eating in the restaurants in these areas may give you an opportunity to try to speak a foreign language that you have been studying.

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