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CANADA 1. It is polite to maintain good eye contact. Men rise when women enter the room. It is considered bad manners to eat while on the street. 2. No excessive gesturing. 3. People stand about a half-meter apart when conversing. 7. Women greet with a slight nod. 9. Men greet with a firm handshake. MEXICO 1. National drink in Mexico is tequila. 4. Hands on hips is a sign of hostility. 5. Patience is important. 9. Women (initiate the handshake) and men greeting with a warm and soft handshake. 10. With friends, men greet with the abrazo, a slight hug with a few pats on the back; women lightly hug and pretend to kiss the cheek. UNITED STATES 1. Direct eye contact in social and business settings is very important. Gaps in conversation are uncomfortable. While dining, left hand is placed in lap, and right hand is used to eat with. Wrists are permitted on the table (while at a meal), but elbows are not. 2. By either raising the index finger or the hand (facing palm up) and waggling the finger(s) back toward the body means to beckon for someone. 4. Insulting gestures are the middle finger trust and forearm jerk. 5. Lines are treated with respect. 8. Extending the arm, palm facing down and waving the hand up a down at the wrist joint. A variation is to raise the arm, palm outward, and move the whole arm and hand back and forth. 9. It is proper to use a firm handshake with direct eye contact. 10. Women may briefly hug other women, and men may quickly kiss the cheek of a woman.
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3. It is rude to yawn in public. Handshakes are warm. 9. Yawns should be stifled or covered. Local people bathe many times a day and guests are also expected to. never the left. COLUMBIA 1. and with friends. To raise a fist in the air with knuckles pointed outwards is an expression of victory. people tend to be affectionate. CHILE 1. 1. men greet with the abrazo and women will kiss the cheek. raise your glass (of red wine) and say "Salud". 2. vendors will place their fingers extended and flip the thumb back and forth. Wine must be poured with the right hand. When finished eating. Snapping fingers and whipping the hand down and out emphasize statements. tap the underside of the elbow with the fingers of the other hand. A warm handshake. Hands on hips translate to hostility or challenge. 2. a light touch on the forearm or elbow. Like other Latin countries. Never pour wine by grasping the neck of the bottle with the hand and rotating the hand backwards so that the palm turns upward. 9. Men rise when women enter the room. 3. 9. 4. Greetings are carried out with handshakes accompanied with touching of the forearm. and pats on the back. People stand relatively close when conversing or waiting in line. 2. To make a toast. To suggest that someone is stingy. Women hold forearms instead of shaking hands.3. A rude gesture is to form a fist with the thumb protruding out between the index and middle finger. cross fork and knife in the middle of the plate. Fidgeting hands and feet are impolite. Business cards are often exchanged. 4. Holding the palm upward and then spreading the fingers signals that someone is stupid. Good friends will greet with an "abrazo". 10. An obscene male gesture is to slap the inside of the thigh near the groin. Use good eye contact when conversing. Always pour with the right hand. 10. 3. and business meetings usually serve strong black coffee. Place the knife and fork horizontally across the plate when you are finished eating. 10. To say. There arent any more. elbows. Brazilians will pinch the earlobe between thumb and forefinger to express appreciation. COSTA RICA 1. . BRAZIL 2. Stand closer than North Americans or Europeans do when conversing.
4. dip your head down with a slight turn. It is disrespectful to cross legs. IT is not p[roper to expose bare shoulders. Point down at the upturned palm of one hand with the forefinger of the other hand. with your index finger bent down and pointing outward is to insult someone. point your head sharply upward and raise your eyebrows. To signal yes. Shaking hands with a child shows respect toward the parents. put your hand out with your palm down. Women are not allowed to drive. To place the palm down. or legs. The thumbs up sign is vulgar. Holding hands or taking someones elbow is a sign of respect and friendship. 9. and friends will touch while conversing. Greetings made be exchanged with the nod of a head. Salaam. 4. 6. SAUDI ARABIA 1. it is considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body. People stand close. this means that "grass will grow on my hand" before what has been said will happen. 7. Avoid showing the sole of the shoe. Raising a closed fist into the air is making a rude gesture. To nod your head means yes. To signal no. 4. lick the little finger and brush it across the eyebrow. To signal to someone. 7. 10. Remove shoes when entering a home or mosque. Veiled women are not introduced. fingers spread. 6. 2. 3. 7. move your head up and back sharply. ISRAEL 3. 10. To signal no. 9. 2. There are warm handshakes. To signal that someone is a homosexual.MIDDLE EAST IRAN 1. people signal no. People of the same gender stand closer together. and curl your fingers in a scratching motion. Shaking the head from side to side means yes. 4. LEBANON 2. By tipping the head backward and clicking the tongue. men greet with a hug and a cheek kiss. men will also tip their hats at women. stomach. AFRICA . Elders tend to greet by saying.
only eat finger food with the right hand. Respect punctuality. Handshakes are followed by a touch on the elbow. with the fingers spread. this action is often done by porters. SOUTH AFRICA 1. Handshake is the most common form of greeting. 9. To ask. It is rude to maintain eye contact. but men will stand closer together. it is polite to offer cigarettes to those near by. Do not eat everything on your plate when dining. Often women will walk slightly behind the men. Half closed eyes do not express boredom. 4. ZIMBABWE 1. It is rude to show the sole of your shoe. "The gift you may give me (for carrying your bags) will mean so much that I must hold it in two hands".EGYPT 1. Sometimes important guests are greeted with applause. Cover mouth when yawning. 4. Would you sleep with me? tap two index fingers together. 2. 10. Wink at children to signify them to leave the room. A vulgar sign is to hold the hand forward at shoulder or head level. Women and girls may often curtsey in greeting. People smoke and public. NIGERIA 1. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS . 2. Holding hands out in a cupped manner means that. 9. Applauding denotes appreciation and politeness. side-by-side. Also. Men and women stand relatively further apart. Right hand is designated for eating and the left for bodily hygiene. 4. 3.
Present it with the printing pointing towards the person to which you are giving the card. . Signal to something with either the chin or whole hand. women will often shake hands with other women but not men. palm outward. and then say. and bow slightly. Men do not express emotions. Surprise is expressed with a quick and loud inhalation of air. 10. When greeting someone. INDIA 1. Address elders with the proper title. I dont understand or I dont deserve this. Excuse me. tap on someones shoulder and then tap your own forehead. JAPAN 1. 10. When you receive the business card from the Japanese host. Namaste and press palms together with fingers pointing upward. this should be responded with applause. Waving a hand. Staring at the impoverished population is considered a way to humiliate. in front of your face conveys. this is proper. The main guest always sits at the head of a table. and the special guest always sits to the left of the host. To apologize. Greeting is usually just a slight nod and bow. 2. Women should never initiate the handshake. be sure to examine it carefully and avoid quickly putting it away. People stand extremely close when conversing.AUSTRALIA 1. 3. bow slightly and then read the card carefully. grasping it between the thumbs and forefingers. Listening is a sign of politeness. By turning the glass upside down and placing the glass squarely on the bar. Cover your mouth when yawning. you are saying that you can win a fight against anyone at the bar. Silence is respected. remove footwear. 2. 9. Hosts will often refuse a gift many times before acceptance. with their back to the door. Your host will accept the card with both hands. Hold your business card with both hands. Place it on the table in front of you for further reference. Before entering any sacred area. People grasp their earlobes to express remorse or honesty. say. The ok sign is a money sign in Japan. Sometimes people will applaud. 2. Good sportsmanship is highly respected.
The ok sign means. do not step on the doorsill. 4. 5. snap the fingers of both hands. EUROPE ENGLAND 1. form a circle with your thumb and forefinger and place it over your nose. Privacy is very important. When passing in front of a person. FRANCE 1. Business cards are often exchanged. The victory sign with your palm facing in is considered vulgar. this is called the Wai. and resting feet on furniture are all considered rude. Loud behavior is considered rude. fingers up. and rotate your hand back and forth. It is rude to put your arm behind someones chair or to pat his or her back. Never cut in line. Greet with a quick flash of the eyebrows. Tipping at bars is rare. To indicate someone is drunk. yawning. Chewing gum. 4. zero.PHILIPPINES 2. 10. lower the upperbody. To express disapproval of anothers driving. especially an elder. Catch a taxi by snapping your fingers. Do not finish the food on your plate. To make a vulgar gesture. having loud conversations. 10. Signal a waiter by tipping your head back and saying Monsieur. To signal a waiter for the bill. The traditional greeting is to place hands in a prayer position with your head slightly bowed. The higher your hands. Point by shifting your eyes or by pursing your mouth in that direction. 4. raise your hand in the air. 2. do not stare. THAILAND 1. scratching. Playing a pretend flute says that another is being loud and annoying. When entering a home. make a motion with both hands of signing your name on a paper. the more respect shown. or . Eat sandwiches and fruit with a knife and fork.
9. The thumbs up sign means one. When dining. Use a firm handshake. Women sit first. 6. 5. Always knock before opening a closed door. 9. In churches. 7. Light and quick handshake. women offer hand first. women should cover their heads. Lightly tap knuckles on table to greet a large number of people at a table. with your palm out and wave your fingers up and down. It is improper to shake someones hand with their other hand in their pocket. 4. 10. When men think women are pretty. 8. 2. it is informal to cross your ankle over your knee. only men pour the wine. 1. Dont shove in line. People smile when they are happy or sad. To say goodbye. 4. Either by slightly nodding your head upward or lifting your eyebrows upward. To refuse to buy a round of drinks when it is your turn is considered rude. raise your hand upward. they will stroke their chins with a finger. 9. There is often pushing and shoving in lines. do not wear short sleeves or sleeveless shirts. It is proper to sit with legs crossed at the ankles or at the knees. . GERMANY 1. Moving your hand back and forth means no. IRELAND 1. The ok sign is vulgar. Men walk either to the left of or on the side closer to the street traffic of women. Make a puffing noise though pursed lips to accept a compliment. Do not chew gum while speaking. signals no.slap an open palm over a closed fist. ITALY 1. Clasp your hands together and raise them above your head to show appreciation. 5. Tilt your head to your left and right sides to say yes. The thumbs down sign is an expression of distaste with someones driving.
10. and make a scratching motion toward your body with the fingers to beckon for someone. SWEDEN 1. with your palm downward. 9. women greet other women with a slight embrace and kiss on the cheek. flick your neck. 10. 9. Stretch your arm out. When men converse with women. The ok sign is obscene. and speak with a soft voice. Eye contact is important. Men and women always shake hands. To make a toast. Men may greet women by kissing their hands. 4. 2. Long handshakes. Skoal. POLAND 1. 10. . 10. When leaving a home. women may accompany that with a check kiss. Eye contact may denote romantic interest. lift your glass and say. It is proper for men to cross their legs. they remove their hat.9. and the female guest of honor sits to the right of the host. Do not chew gum while speaking. wait to put on our coat after your have stepped outside the door. 2. In greeting. the host always makes the first toast. SPAIN 1. Firm handshake. Both men and women use the abrazo to greet. it is considered unfeminine for women to. To invite someone to drink. The male guest of honor sits to the left of the hostess. Men greet women by tipping their hat. warm hugs and kisses are common.
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