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    check this out! it's very interesting!

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    Some interesting behaviours/cultures in Mexico:

    The ?O.K.? gesture with the thumb and index finger is considered vulgar.

    Some Mexicans use the ?psst-psst? sound to get another's attention in public. In Mexican business etiquette, this is NOT considered rude.

    Men should avoid putting their hands in their pockets when in public.

    Putting your hands on your hips signifies that you're making a challenge.


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      Do not eat everything on your plate. Leaving a small portion of food is a sign that you have had enough.

      When eating in an Egyptian home, adding salt to your food is considered an insult, since this may imply to your hosts that the dish is bland or otherwise inadequate.


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        It is considered polite to frequently say ?I?m sorry.? For example, the Japanese will apologize for not being punctual enough, having a cold, taking you to see a disappointing movie, providing substandard hospitality [even if it was perfectly good], displaying rudeness at a previous meeting [even if they were not rude], and practically any other personal flaw. Visitors are encouraged to incorporate these kinds of remarks into their conversation.

        The American ?O.K.? sign (thumb and forefinger shaped into an ?O?) actually means ?money? in Japan.

        Blowing one's nose in public is also regarded as impolite. When this action is necessary, use a disposable tissue and then throw it out immediately. Generally speaking, the Japanese find the idea of actually keeping a used handkerchief or tissue disgusting.

        Wrap a yukta [or kimono] left over right. Only corpses wear a kimono wrapped right over left.
        Last edited by cUp; 10-03-2005, 02:13 PM.


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          The Turkish gestures for 'yes' and 'no' can at first be quite confusing. 'Yes' is indicated with a nod of the head upwards, while 'no' is also an upward nod but accompanied by the raising of the eyebrows. A sure sign that a 'no' is meant is if it is accompanied with a hissing of the teeth ['tsk'].

          Queues do not seem to operate along the same basis as they do in the US or Europe. It is not uncommon for people to jump queues or even go straight to the front. It is best to be patient. If frustration gets the better of you, politely point out you were in the line before them--although most of the time this will make little difference.


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            Never pat a Chinese person on the head or shoulders. Some of them are superstitious and they believe that when you do it, you are putting out their 'fire', which protects them or gives them good luck.

            It is considered rude to point at anyone with the forefinger or middle finger. People prefer to use an open palm or their thumb [with your hand closed].

            Pounding one fist into the palm of the other hand is another gesture to avoid as many people perceive it to be obscene.

            oh this is something i didn't know! --> Among Indians, turning the head from side to side actually signals agreement though Westerners interpret this as a 'no' signal.

            Do not spit or throw rubbish on the floor. Even if the police do not nab you, the people around you will throw you an offended glance.
            --> REALLY?

            Obey the Laws

            Singapore has an exceptionally low crime rate, thanks to her very strict law enforcement policies. People who do not obey the laws are fined or imprisoned. This includes spitting, littering, smoking in prohibited areas, chewing gum, jaywalking, and neglecting to flush a toilet.

            If certain actions, such as smoking or jaywalking, are not allowed, there will usually be a signboard to warn you.

            Singapore is strict in enforcing her laws, even towards foreigners. Throughout the years, there have been many cases of foreigners who were punished because they violated the laws.


            You might hear someone calling an older woman 'auntie' or an older man 'uncle.' This is an informal form of addressing someone who is middle-aged or older. However, you have to be careful when using this form of address. Calling a woman 'auntie' might offend her if she doesn't think she is old enough to be called that. However, if you are ordering food at a food stall and a middle-aged woman is serving you, you can address her as 'auntie.' She might even find it amusing to hear it from a Westerner!


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              Women will often kiss each other by alternating cheeks--twice if they are married and three times if they are single.

              Say "oi" for "hello" and "tchau" for goodbye

              Pulling at one's earlobe is a sign of appreciation

              Yawning or stretching in public is frowned upon

              Machismo in Brazil takes a milder, more subtle form than in other Latin American countries. Moreover, it's important for men to appear self-assured and "in control" at all times.


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                once a lecturer told us that if a westerner greet you with "How are you!" do not reply with "i'm fine thank you". They are not trying to ask a polite question. haha it's just greetings.

                Their "how are you?" is equivalent to our "good morning!"

                and we just have to greet back "How are you!"