Again, this is a highly personal choice and there is no right or wrong. Using bread as an additional utensil for eating soup is popular in some places, but Spain is not among them. Locations like Thailand, Korea, China, and the Middle East, touching can be offensive. Otherwise, a handshake will do. Bread is set directly on the table. Have you encountered interesting manners and customs around the world? You may also drink directly from the soup bowl -- spoons are uncommon.
Geert Hofstede developed a model that identifies four primary dimensions to differentiate cultures. Cultural etiquette varies from country to country, community to community, and can be difficult to bridge the gaps in between. Greeting Someone When you greet someone new do you give them a kiss on one cheek or both? We want to share that love - that's why we publish our award-winning culture guides for all, for free. I start by researching the culture before I go, and then I tend to mix it up. The right hand is used for eating, and the left hand is reserved for wiping after using the bathroom.
Be Late, Be Polite — Venezuela As someone who tries to get to my destination a few minutes ahead of time, this one baffles me. Since food is often shared in a group, the cleanliness of your hands is just one thing to worry about during dinner. This can make for some uncomfortable greetings when a Spanish citizen greets an Italian as they may lean towards the same side first and accidently result in a lip lock. Here's how I deal with cultural etiquette. In fact, in places like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, it is perfectly acceptable to burp after your meal, which tells the chef you ate plenty and enjoyed every bite. Avoid the Salt Shaker — Egypt The chances are, you won't find one on your table anyway.
And of course, don't eat with your left hand, for the same reasons. However, doing that in Zambia is akin to suggesting the cook is trying to serve you poison. But make sure you bring plenty of money to cover it. Women on the Road pays for its own products and travel unless otherwise stated. They are not in any way definitive. Spanish men expect to pay. Unless, of course, it's something like a concert or funeral.
Not all cultures think it's normal for women to travel alone, so we have learned to adjust. Touch all the glasses you can reach with yours while toasting and fix your gaze on each individual as you do so. South Korea South Korean etiquette is similar. It also discusses food etiquette, body language, and style of communications. But be aware that your behavior might be insulting to the receiving culture. Every Christmas we go to a friend's place and bring around 3 bottles of champagne, they don't consider it bad manners at all.
Thumbs Up Symbol In West Africa, moving your thumb up and down is like giving someone the middle finger. In conclusion… There are endless factors that you have to consider when trying to blend into any culture, so take the time to read up on these cultural norms. Remember that the following morning in the office, formality will once again prevail. And what colors should you use when wrapping a gift in Italy? On a bus or in a vehicle, try to sit in the row in front or behind him. One is for the drink of your choice; one for wine; and one for shots. They will as a sign of respect.
Meanwhile, in Israel the typical work week is Sunday to Thursday so don't expect to conduct business on a Friday. To Tip Is to Offend — Japan In many countries, tipping is not the common practice that it is in America. There is a feel-good factor about being true to yourself and behaving with integrity. Nothing but a friendly kiss Cultural etiquette is what you call the codes of behavior that rule different cultures - in other words, what's acceptable and what isn't in a society. But if you feel the need to ask for salt, you may want to prepare for some mean looks coming in your direction.
This is a throwback to 1849, at the end of the revolution against the Habsburgs, when 13 Hungarian martyrs were hanged as Austrian soldiers drank beer and clinked glasses. Avoid bright or flashy colors. The way the world sees you Take solo travel. When it comes to eating, everyone's got their own style -- Americans generally , while other cultures use forks and knives. Your Middle Eastern guest is just - you guessed it - being polite. Sometimes they ask us to bring wine and we will. If you ever find yourself in the Middle East, and you're left-handed, make sure you lead with the right hand.