It is interesting to learn that there is such thing as a “culture” and it is not just about what is being said. We are all taught that the best culture is the one that others find easy to be around. What is not taught very often is how to find a “culture”. You cannot learn a new language or culture by going to the movies and watching people speak bad English. No, what is needed is to get more of an “anthropology” approach to studying culture.
First of all, you need to understand where exactly this culture comes from. Well, there are many different types of cultures – international, local, indigenous, and religious. Some are more common than others, while others are more rare. Some cultures are endangered, while others are still growing.
The best way to learn about a culture is to spend time with that culture. I would suggest that you spend some time in the native culture as well. Most of the people who come to the United States are not really sure what is expected of them when they come here.
By spending time with native speakers, you will better understand their thinking and their culture. This is the best way to measure a culture. If you go to Africa and visit the Masai Mara, for example, you can see for yourself what the typical behavior is like. You will find that most of the tribe members are quite content, but you may find that there are a few individuals who are nomadic herders and are slightly suspicious of outsiders (such as Westerners). When you visit other tribes, you will also be able to measure their culture through interaction.
The second way to measure culture is to look at the way that the culture is expressed in daily life. Are there traditional festivals? Is tradition considered a must in daily life? Do these traditions have any significance whatsoever? Does it matter if a culture has traditions or not?
We have already looked at some measures that can be taken to measure culture. Now we need to look at ways that you can learn good culture. The best way to learn good culture is from actual native speakers. The only way that you can do this effectively is by finding a native speaker who can teach you his/her culture.