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Old 08-12-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Why not just learn to use an eastern bathroom (you only need to learn once), instead of using a phrase book to argue with people in a foreign language about some personal hangups you might have concerning evacuation space.
It's not about learning how to use them, it's about being physically able to use them. Squatting over a whole in the ground, even a nice porcelin whole, is not that easy for many people. Most Americans can not squat with their feet flat on thr ground. They have to be on the fronts of their feet. Try doing that for three minutes while trying to go to the bathroom and you will se how hard it is. This has nothing to do with weight either. I was 150 lbs at 6' 1" when I was in Japan the first time and I had difficulty using those toilets.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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instead of using a phrase book to argue with people in a foreign language
Now where does it say I use phrase books?? I'm against phrase books due to the fact that most American tourists do not take the time to learn to pronounce the words correctly. Especially words that are Diacritic and have no verbalization in the english language.

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As to squat toilets here are the instructions:

How to Use a Squat Toilet in China

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What I do study up on is Etiquette
Here's a test: (1) Why don't people from India shake/greet with their left hand?
(2) When crossing your legs in certain Arab countries, which way should the soles of
your shoes be facing and why?
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It's a lot easier if there is something fairly clean above floor level, that you can put your hands on for balance. Like if you can reach the wall or the door (if there is a door).

As for the test above, everywhere from India to Morocco, people use their left hand to clean themselves after using the bathroom, so you never touch another person with your left hand, nor anything that you are going to eat.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Recently I came across a picture travel book. ( well the "book " was the size of a cell phone with maybe 50 pages). There were pictures of most popular items to point. From food items, places to go, emergency, travel options to services. I think that such book is an awesome option and very useful in a countries where you cannot even figure out the alphabet letters.
Since there were only pictures and no words, you could use this book in every country
Point It by Dieter Graf | Apartment Therapy Chicago
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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As for the test above, everywhere from India to Morocco, people use their left hand to clean themselves after using the bathroom, so you never touch another person with your left hand, nor anything that you are going to eat.
Yeah maybe if you are living in the slums.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yeah maybe if you are living in the slums.
If you are dining with the highest muckety-muck, and you put your food in your mouth with your left hand, they will be highly offended, but probably too polite to say anything. The reason they cut the RIGHT hand off thieves, is so that they will never again be permitted to eat at the table with anyone else.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Speaking of foreign table manners.....

Even with repeated tutoring, I was never able to get the hang of eating Euro stye--that is with the knife in the right hand scraping the food onto the backside of the fork in the left hand.

Why do Europeans insist on eating with the fork upside down? Clearly it is much easier to maneuver the food in the cradle of the fork. And yet they laugh at Americans who do it the sensible way.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Speaking of foreign table manners.....

Even with repeated tutoring, I was never able to get the hang of eating Euro stye--that is with the knife in the right hand scraping the food onto the backside of the fork in the left hand.

Why do Europeans insist on eating with the fork upside down? Clearly it is much easier to maneuver the food in the cradle of the fork. And yet they laugh at Americans who do it the sensible way.
That's because europeans are losers :P
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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If you are dining with the highest muckety-muck, and you put your food in your mouth with your left hand, they will be highly offended, but probably too polite to say anything. The reason they cut the RIGHT hand off thieves, is so that they will never again be permitted to eat at the table with anyone else.
Right, it has to do with etiquette.. not the lack of toilate paper.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Anyways, I started this thread about Phrase Books, not about table etiquettes of a european (whom I care nothing about) or toilates which is already taken care of.

I have decided to buy a travel book and study the language a bit in my spare time on the side of my full time language. Seems like something fun to do, but I won't put too much effort.

Thanks for the help guys!
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