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Lesson Plan: by Nina Weinstein

International Greetings – Body Language
Reading: If you’re traveling to Japan, knowing how to bow is very helpful. People greet each other by bowing. Bowing expresses a feeling of respect, thanking, apologizing, greeting, etc. Bowing seems simple, but there are different ways of bowing. Bend from your waist with a straight back. Men usually keep their hands on their sides. Women usually put their hands together on their thighs with their fingers touching. If the person is higher status or older than you are, bow deeper and longer to show respect. Deeper bows show different things. Bending 15 degrees shows a casual greeting. Bend 30 degrees to greet customers and thank someone. This is the most common type of bow. If the situation is more formal, bend 45 degrees and look at your feet. This bow shows deep respect, a formal apology, asking for a favor, etc. If you’re traveling to the United States, you’ll need to understand the common greeting, a handshake. Friends shake hands. In business, co-workers shake hands. Women, men and even children can shake hands.

Shaking hands also seems simple, but there are some important things to remember. When you shake hands, you must make eye contact. In other words, look directly into the other person’s eyes the whole time you’re shaking hands. Shake hands firmly. If you give a weak handshake, the other person might feel that you’re weak. They might also feel that you don’t like them or want to touch them. If your handshake is firm enough, you should feel the other person’s hand get a little narrower. Don’t break bones, but your grip should look firm.



so don’t scrub. The most common handshake should have three “shakes” and then you should let go. too. I’m (Pablo Garcia). Expansion Talk about other cultures’ greeting body language. Shake hands. a trick is to casually put your hands into your pockets before you shake hands. if Americans shake hands a little longer. though. dry and clean. Practice doing the 1-2-3 handshake in the correct order. Lesson: Practice 1-2-3 Everyone should stand up and find a partner. then give only your first name. You shouldn’t feel like you’re pumping for oil. be careful not to hurt them. B: Nice to meet you. If your partner gives only her first name. make sure your handshake is firm and strong. Again. Have everyone in the room introduce herself/himself to each person using the 1-2-3 handshake. Page 2 . wash your hands so they’ll be clean. the hand should be warm. In all other situations. This will warm them. Some people don’t know how long to keep shaking.Shake hands with men and women the same way. Because the handshake allows people to touch. This is normal. Clean: If you know you’re going to meet someone. If you shake hands with a very elderly person or a small child. Greet each other and say your names as you look into each other’s eyes. but it isn’t a good feeling for the other person. I’m (Jean Simone). 2. Have volunteers introduce themselves using other culture’s body language. Warm: A trick is to casually put your hands into your pockets before you shake hands. This will dry them. You need to find a comfortable strong handshake that shows who you are. Give three shakes as you say: 3. It’s uniquely you. If your partner gives her first and last names. B: Hi. 1. A: Nice to meet you. Don’t worry. Your handshake is like your signature. The other person shouldn’t notice. Dry: Everyone gets nervous and your hands may sweat. give your first and last names: A: Hi.

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