What’s polite here can offend elsewhere

Nothing interesting happened to me this past few days. Life is so boring and nothing to blog but anyway just found this old article from CHICAGO TRIBUNE its worth a read, facts that we need to know.


Americans aren’t always greeted with open arms when traveling abroad. That could be because open arms aren’t polite in that country.

The travel Web site Vayama. com surveyed U.S. travelers, about half of whom said they have committed social sins in other countries, and about the same number said they simply don’t bother to find out.

We’ve culled some tips from the site’s etiquette section.

• Don’t be offended by Argentine humor, which can sometimes be insulting, such as poking fun at your appearance, weight or attire.

• Don’t kiss the hand of an Austrian woman unless you are Austrian.

• In Brazil, don’t make the “OK” sign with your hand. It’s considered very rude.

• Don’t give a Chinese person a clock as a gift. Clocks are associated with death and funerals.

• In Denmark, don’t be too touchy-feely.

• Conversely, in Italy, don’t pull away or get offended if an Italian associate hugs you.

• In Egypt, don’t use your left hand to eat.

• In Ghana, don’t blow your nose at the dinner table.

• In India, do leave a small amount of food on your plate to show you are satisfied.

• But in Kenya, finish everything to be polite.


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