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Defense Department Cultural and Linguistic Resources

The concepts of “culture” and “cultural awareness” are big deals in the military just at the moment, and while some of the government’s approaches to these issues – “embedded” anthropologists, anyone? – aren’t widely popular, it’s hard to argue with the basic premise; knowledge is power, and valuable power, at that.
To that end, I recently came across an incredibly spiffy website produced by the Defense Language Institute, or DLI. Called “Field Support”, the service of the DLI’s Foreign Language Center offers remarkably in-depth guides to thirty-eight countries and forty-eight languages or dialects. While the language guides have a pretty distinct military emphasis – just see the picture below – the cultural information is pretty universally applicable. Some of the knowledge tests and exams require you to have an account on their system, but the majority of the site is accessible to the world.
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