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#98268 - Fri Sep 01 2000 08:38 AM Body Language In Other Countries
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If you are travelling to a foreign country, beware of what you do with your body!

Bulgaria
Shaking your head back and forth in Bulgaria and Greece means 'yes'. Nodding your head in Bulgaria and Greece means 'no'.

Greece
Don't give someone a high five in Greece! It roughly means 'In Your Face'.

SouthEast Asia
Avoid pointing the soles of your feet at people in Saudi Arabia, India, and southeast Asia. It's insulting because feet touch the ground, which in considered filthy.

Buddhist Countries
Never pat somebody on a head in Thailand or other Buddhist countries. The head is sacred to Buddhists.

Do you know of any other body gestures that change from coutry to country?

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#98269 - Fri Sep 01 2000 09:58 AM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
ren32 Offline
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In China and other parts of Asia it is rude to beckon with the fingers pointing up . You should point your hand downwards and move fingers towards you.It is rude to point at people. It is rude to touch the head (although Chinese peopl;e here seem to touch the heads of children with red hair , as red is lucky.)
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#98270 - Fri Sep 01 2000 03:46 PM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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I really like this topic and I hope more people will add to it.

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#98271 - Sat Sep 02 2000 01:29 PM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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Yes I agree Jo..Someday I will travel and this will be all good to know. I would never want to offend anyone!!

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#98272 - Mon Sep 04 2000 04:06 AM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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I had a friend who spent some time in Japan and worked with small children. In Australia (& probably elsewhere) we have a little trick we play with kids where you pretend to steal their nose and by placing your thumb between your index and middle digit you pretend you have it captured.

She did this and the kids were horrified and ran off screaming. I cannot remember why they were scared exactly but in Japan it was apparently an offensive/rude sign!!

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#98273 - Fri Sep 08 2000 06:03 AM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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Hitchhicking

In New Zealand you stick your thumb out,
In Australia you stick your 1st finger out.

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#98274 - Tue May 22 2001 08:14 PM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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Here is an interesting website. The George Bush blunder made big news in Australia.

http://www.salon.com/wlust/road/1998/11/19road.html

[ 05-22-2001: Message edited by: zozo ]


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#98275 - Wed May 23 2001 05:04 AM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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That's our Bush! Not only can he offend people in *this* country, but he can offend other countries as well.

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#98276 - Fri Jul 06 2001 11:44 PM Re: Body Language In Other Countries
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Thought I'd bring this topic back up to the top. Always good to know what to do (and especially NOT do!) when out of our natural habitat!
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