International Body Language Customs  

SexySultry46DDs 52
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4/25/2006 9:09 pm

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4/26/2006 12:57 pm

International Body Language Customs

In Greece, avoid the OK signal as it can be
taken as obscene. Instead, use the “thumbs up”
signal. A note of caution, however; the
“thumbs down” signal is also considered rude!
(The OK sign is obscene in Spain too sometimes).

In Bulgaria, the yes and no head gestures
are opposite of those used by Americans
(nodding indicates “no,” while shaking
indicates “yes”.

Politeness and formality are very important in
Denmark. For example, you should not rise
from a table before your hostess does and
women should always go through a door first.

In Belgium, it's terribly important to avoid
pointing with your index finger, snapping
your fingers at someone, yawning, putting
your feet up, or blowing your nose in the
presence of others?

Loud conversations should be avoided,
and line-jumping is quite taboo
in The United Kingdom.

In France, resting feet on chairs or tables,
personal grooming, chewing gum, yawning,
scratching and loud conversations in public,
talking with hands in pockets are all considered
very rude. (Us ugly Americans!)

In Germany, always knock before entering
a closed door.

In the Netherlands, always wipe your feet before
entering someone's home and maintain direct
eye contact when conversing.

Physical displays of affection are uncommon in
Sweden. Also, when leaving someone's home,
you should not put on your coat until you step
outside the doorway.

Do not whistle in public in the Soviet Union,
and always turn to face others if you must pass
them to get to your seat in a theater.

In the Middle East:

Arabs consider the soles of the shoe to be the
dirtiest part of the body, avoid inadvertently
pointing them or showing them to others.

The right hand always prevails so use it
in all social situations.

Use a less firm grip when shaking hands than
you would in America.

Touching is widely accepted and is even common
between men, but men should not touch an Arabic
woman unless she extends her hand first.

Personal distance is smaller than in other
countries, so you will notice people standing
much closer together.

Since direct eye contact is important, staring is
not necessarily considered rude.

Never photograph someone without his/her

When Arabs visit, do not allow your household
pets in their presence.

In Bangladesh, use only the right hand when
eating. The left hand is reserved solely for
personal hygiene purposes. Also, never visit
the restroom during a meal. Be aware of the
fact that the “thumbs up” gesture is considered
obscene in this country.

In Burma, never touch the head on a Buddha
image. Shoes should always be removed before
entering a mosque and usually before entering a
home as well.

In applause is a form of greeting, which you
should acknowledge with your own round of
clapping. Sucking in air through the lips and
teeth represents surprise or indecisiveness.
You can use this signal to your advantage to
modify a request before it is outright denied.

Men should not touch women in India. Staring
is also off limits. Ask permission before
photographing other people. Public whistling
is considered impolite. The head is considered
a sacred part of the body and should not be

The OK gesture may be interpreted as “money”
in Japan. . It is considered rude to blow your
nose in public.

In the Philippines you may be greeted with a
flashing or quick lifting of the eyebrows. Standing
with your hands on your hips is interpreted as
anger or defiance. Observance of orderly lines
is uncommon.

Thailanders believe that a spirit resides in
their doorsill. As such, you should avoid
stepping on doorsills when entering homes.
Never pat someone on the back or put
your arm around the back of his chair.
Both gestures are considered offensive. Also,
never toss an object to someone else as it
is considered rude.

mangomamiCT 43F

4/25/2006 10:02 pm

very interesting

SexySultry46DDs 52
41 posts
4/26/2006 12:57 pm

Thank You Glad to give useful informtation.

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