Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Culture(s): punctuality

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Pour s'intégrer au Costa Rica, il faut être très patient|très ponctuel|toujours en avance.Par exemple, il y a l'heure "tica", une demi-heure à une heure|un quart d'heure|deux heures de plus que l'heure du rendez-vous.Quand on invite des amis, ils n'arrivent jamais|arrivent à 8h|arrivent 3 jours après.Au Costa Rica, si l'on a un problème pour venir, ça n'a pas tellement d'importance de prévenir|il est très important de prévenir|personne ne prévient jamais.
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Conception: Geneviève Briet et Laure Destercke, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 03/05/2013 - Modified on 10/12/2019
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Virginia Dantrou
Pour s’intégrer au Costa Rica, il faut être très patient, parce qu’au Costa Rica tout va lentement ; d’ailleurs il y a l’heure « tica » ; donc il faut s’habituer que le temps n’est pas celui qu’on connaît. Il faut toujours prévoir une demi-heure, voire une heure de plus chaque fois qu’on donne un rendez-vous.
Quand on a des amis, on les invite à la maison parfois, ils disent : « Oui, oui j’arrive. À huit heures. » Ils n’arrivent jamais. Ils téléphonent trois jours après, mais c’est pas pour s’excuser. Ça n’a pas tellement d’importance ici le fait de prévenir les gens qu’on ne va pas arriver ou qu’on a eu un problème.

Virginia Dantrou To settle into the Costa Rican lifestyle, you must be very patient, because in Costa Rica, everything moves slowly. In fact, there's even a "tica" hour, so you have to get used to how differently time progresses. You should always set aside an extra half-hour, sometimes even a whole hour, for every meeting you have. You have friends that you invite over sometimes, and they say: "Yes, yes, I'm on my way. Be there at eight." And they never come. They'll call back three days later, but it's not to apologise. It's not really a big deal here if you don't tell people that you're not going to make it, or if you had a problem.

Culture(s) / Punctuality

In your country and culture, what time would be acceptable to arrive for a business meeting scheduled at 10am, or a language lesson scheduled at 2pm? Where would you put your culture on a "punctuality" scale? Must you arrive at the exact time? From one culture to another, the notion of time, including everything relying on that notion, varies widely: punctuality, respecting work hours and meeting times... Must you call ahead or apologise if you are late, if you cannot make it to a meeting, even if it's informal? Are people always in a hurry? What value is placed on a slow pace? Can you "take your time?" Western francophones are punctual for meetings of a professional, medical, and educational nature. It is frowned upon to waste other people's time by being late. This rule is take even more seriously with regards to public transportation - like high-speed trains, for instance - where every second counts. As a general rule, you call ahead to let people know if you're going to be late to a meeting. However, in France, for informal meetings amongst friends, it is not considered rude to arrive late: this is called the fifteen minute courtesy.

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