I really thank you for raising this issue... and for pointing to me my involuntary solecism! The aim of that particular post was precisely to stress how I admire the British to try to be as fair as possible... and to tell how well received I have been when I came to KES!
(quoting my conclusion: I had to put a few things straight concerning JC and the administration at KES, as I have found them extremely polite and warm
And please have a look at my agreement with ok1 on another thread about how warm and friendly I found a particular person!viewtopic.php?f=31&t=24303&p=286915&hilit=boarding+school+in+France#p286915
So I didn’t intent at all
to hurt anyone! And I do deeply regret mentioning something I shouldn't have mentioned as it has caused unnecessary and unintended offence.
As for being inclusive, this is really what I was trying to do when I finished one of my former message by writing salam/shalom/peace/ kind regards
to try to include as many faiths as possible as I was feeling I was beginning to use Arabic terms. Don’t forget that I hardly sleep since the day I opened that dreadful KES letter
I have to add that I regret not to have been able to be inclusive enough as I don't know yet the proper words to include Sikhs, Hindus, or any people from any other religion. I do apologise to any person I could have offended by the limits of my knowledge.
I really feel extremely sorry, now that I realise that I appeared impolite.
As I am sure some poster on this thread about learning German versus Spanish didn’t see he/she had been impolite.viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24096&start=30
I suspect the poster to be German , and like me, not mastering all the British etiquette.
I would like to quote the page about customs and etiquette in Germany
from a touristic guide for Germany (Let’s go Germany on a budget – editor: Stephanie O’Rourke – page 67)Although Germans may seem reserved or even unfriendly, they are not as standoffish as they may first appear. Germans are very frank and will not hesitate to show disapproval. To the uninitiated this may come across as confrontational, but it stems mostly from honesty. Many Germans consider effusive chumminess insincere, and Americans are often perceived as disingenuous for being overly friendly.
I have quoted this book just to show how intercultural relations usually involve misunderstanding at some point as each person has been marked by his own culture.
For the last time on this forum, I’ll quote again a French thinker: ( I don’t know yet well enough British philosophy to quote British philosopher. Do pardon me the limits of my knowledge).
Vérité en deçà des Pyrénées, erreur au-delà.
truth on this side of the Pyrenees, error on the other.
So what is considered to be true/proper/correct in France is considered to be wrong in Spain.
We are all brother and sisters in this earth.
But inevitably, due to all our different upbringing, culture, limited knowledge, we all do faux pas, even when we try desperately to avoid them!
I sincerely apologise for the ones I did without being aware of them...
And I will as quickly as possible write a little card to apologise to the kind, warm and amazing person who chose very appropriately the card he sent to my DS.