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This database is full of information about cultures around the world. It is organized by country.
Anthrosource is a database for anthropology and therefore has great resources for gaining understanding of the larger cultural context you are entering.
Geography Now YouTube Channel
Paul "Barby" Barbato runs this YouTube Channel dedicated to the geography and culture of countries of the world. He makes a profile video of each country in the world (organized alphabetically) and also has Geography Go! videos showing his actual travels.
Language and Communication
If you are going somewhere that's not English-speaking, download these on your phone before you fly out so you can use them while overseas!
Converse is a language translator for conversations. Use the unique dual-keyboard layout to break down the language barrier and have a real conversation.
"Interpret" is the most powerful language translator available for the iPhone. "Interpret" provides free translation for over 50 languages!
When in doubt, google translate. But remember, it's literal and might not be great for colloquialisms.
What not to do: Taboos
Here is a list from the University of Florida of random taboos from around the world. Use this as a guide when considering what might or might not be appropriate where you are going.
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