People around the world have different kind of communication like signs and gestures are used the entire globe but have different meanings to ones’ continent or country. Therefore when you travel you should make friends and know the meaning of signs and gestures and some kind of things that country you have visited do. You will find that the signs and hand gestures you use back home to mean something is the same signs and hand gestures but means different things here in the foreign country. The following are top 10 surprising ways to offend people in other countries and they includes:
Table of Contents
- 1. Thumbs up equals up Yours
- 2. Left Hand Not Used When Eating
- 3. Don’t smile in Korea
- 4. Do not Head Pat
- 5. Back Pocket Business Card an Offense
- 6. Don’t Point Bottom of Your Feet
- 7. Drinking Rules You Should Know
- 8. Dinner Rules in Argentina
- 9. Clean Nose in Japan
- 10. Don’t Beckon Person with Curled Finger
1. Thumbs up equals up Yours
In the Middle East countries and Iran showing your thumbs up means a different thing from what is taken in other countries. To the locals it means a different thing so be careful while using it.
2. Left Hand Not Used When Eating
In the Middle East, Indian and other parts of Africa countries left hand is considered as hand used for bathroom therefore is not suitable for eating because can cause people lose their appetite. The left hand is for bathroom duty in the Muslim countries.
3. Don’t smile in Korea
In this country smiling to someone is like an insult and shows that you are rude. Smiling to a strange person in Korea is like smiling to an infant. So when you travel to Korea don’t smile to people you don’t know.
4. Do not Head Pat
It is a big offense to head pat someone in the Buddhist countries because they consider head as the seat of soul. In hindsight don’t pat people on the head whenever you move around because is an offense.
5. Back Pocket Business Card an Offense
In Japan they usually take a business card with the highest respect. If you are seen with someone business card in your back pocket shows a disrespect to the person. It will of good to put it in shirt pocket or insert in your wallet because they honor exchange of business card.
6. Don’t Point Bottom of Your Feet
When you travel to Asia and other Middle East countries you should avoid pointing bottom of your feet because it will be an offense. They consider it as unclean and the lowest part of the body and when point it to anyone is kind of disrespect that person.
7. Drinking Rules You Should Know
In Australia or Great Britain when you go out for a drink with friends each and everyone around the table is expected to buy a round. Buying more than one round might be considered as a show off so be careful when you visit these countries. In Japan it is impolite to fill your own glass while drinking with other people. It is good for someone beside you to fill for you.
8. Dinner Rules in Argentina
In this country showing up on time for dinner is seen as being greedy and therefore it will be an insult. Women who want to meet their male counterparts take it seriously when a man appears immediately on the date. It is important that you delay a little bit then show up because it will do you good for your date.
9. Clean Nose in Japan
It is good to have clean nose in Japan because blowing up your nose in public will be considered as a disguise. In Japan the word snot is taken as nose shit, therefore is of good to blow your nose in private areas like restroom and you should wash your hands. When you travel to Japan you should take into account that is an offence to blow your nose in the public place.
10. Don’t Beckon Person with Curled Finger
Beckoning a person with your curled finger in Philippines is a big offense which might be broken off to a crime by the country’s laws. This is because calling a person with curled finger is like reference to a dog and due to their law you can be detained. It is good to keep your finger to yourself when you are interested in visiting Philippines or the law will deter you to visit the country.
In a nutshell, I will say is good to make friends to a foreign country or you will make enemies by breaking their rules.