How to Learn About Other Cultures
If you’ve been living in one place for a while, you might be itching to learn about different cultures. Learning about other cultures is an invaluable experience—not only will you get more experience in other areas of the world, you’ll also meet a diverse range of people from different backgrounds. We’ve compiled some tips to help get you started so you can learn about other cultures in a respectful, appreciative way.
1. Read online news sources.
Stay up to date on current events in other cultures.
Subscribe to newspapers from that culture online to know more about what they are reading. Browse websites with data on entertainment, outings, politics, or trends. Even if you don’t speak the language, you can usually find an English translation.
- For example, search for “French news in English.”
- To find a list of newspapers from around the globe.
2. Follow social media pages about your chosen culture.
Find organizations dedicated to promoting other cultures.
You can look for pages like this on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even TikTok. It’s a great way to learn about a culture’s values, cuisine, and fashion.
- Try searching through hashtags related to that specific culture to find pages dedicated to it.
- Look for culture-specific pages by searching “the culture” + “food,” “cuisine,” “travel,” or “guide.”
3. Look up YouTube videos from other cultures.
Many channels dedicate themselves to educating others.
Often, these videos are produced by people that come from that culture, or know a lot about it. Try looking up the culture you’re interested in to learn more about it through videos and online tutorials.
- Search things like, “Learn about French culture,” or “What do people in India commonly eat?”
- Many YouTube channels talk about subjects like news, history, or gender norms. Search for videos with a specific subject in mind.
- You can even ask questions in the comment sections of YouTube videos.