Body language of the world

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Body language of the world: A traveller’s guide to avoiding faux pas

EVERY country has its cultural quirks. To avoid being the subject of tut tuts and disapproving looks while you’re travelling, we take you through the top taboos from Japan to the Middle East.

JAPAN:
The most common greeting in Japan is the bow; the timing, posture and movement of which should reflect sincerity, respect and graciousness. The more mature the person, the deeper the head is lowered. Animproper bow hints at a lack of education and maturity. As a foreign visitor you are not expected to do this ritual faithfully – a gentle nod will do. 

LATIN AMERICA:
Personal space boundaries vary from country to country, but in Latin America they are set closer than in Anglo-Saxon countries. People stand closer when talking to one another, and casual touching of the arm or shoulder during conversation is not unusual. Good friends will typically greet each other with an abrazo (hug) or beso(kiss), and it’s quite normal to see people of the same sex walking down the street arm in arm. 

MEXICO:
In Mexico, when paying for something, place your cash or credit card directly into the hand of the person you’re dealing with. This applies in cafes and restaurants, as well as hotels and shops. Leaving payment on the counter can beinterpreted as a sign that you don’t respect the person enough to have contact with them. 

NEW ZEALAND:
The traditional greeting of New Zealand Maori is the simultaneous pressing of noses and forehead, known as the hongi. Such greetings are commonplace on marae, the open space in front of a Maori meetinghouse where visitors are welcomed, nowadays with a handshake at the same time as the hongi. 

Nézd meg ezt is:  TO TAKE OFF és TO TAKE SOMETHING OFF

INDIA:
In India – as in much of Asia – it is the feet that are considered unclean. Do your utmost to avoid touching any part of someone else’s body with your foot or shoes, and if you do so, apologise straight away. Pointing the soles of your feet at someone is also offensive, so don’t prop your feet on chairs or tables while sitting, and take care how you arrange yourself when sitting on the floor. 

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Vocabulary

faux pas                             

baklövés

to avoid

elkerül

quirk

fura szokás

tut tut

dudaszó (hangutánzó)

disapproving looks

rosszalló pillantások

greeting

üdvözlés

bow

meghajlás

sincerity

őszinteség

graciousness

kellem

mature

érett

improper

helytelen

lack of

valaminek a hiánya

a gentle nod

egy gyengéd biccentés

boundary

határ

to apply

itt: vonatkozik

to interpret

értelmez

commonplace

mindennapos dolog, közhely

forehead

homlok

consider

úgy tart, szemlél, megfontol

to do your utmost to

minden tőle telhetőt megtesz

straight away

rögtön

sole of your feet

talp

offensive

sértő

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