Rude! What You Should Never Do in Other Countries

Planning a trip abroad? Learn these seven rules to avoid offending the locals.

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Don't tip in Japan.

Don't tip in Japan.Keith Brofsky/Getty Images
Service at restaurants and hotels will likely be exceptional in Japan, but tipping isn't done; and it could be seen as degrading.

Don't smile at strangers in Russia.

Don't smile at strangers in Russia.MACIEJ NOSKOWSKI/Getty Images
They'll see it as an intimate gesture, indicating a genuine affinity toward another person. If you don't know them, they might consider you insincere.

Don't use your left hand in India.

Don't use your left hand in India.webphotographeer/Getty Images
The left hand is thought of as unclean in Indian culture, so always use your right hand to greet someone, exchange money, or pick up merchandise.

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Don't eat everything on your plate in China.

Don't eat everything on your plate in China. John Slater/Getty Images
That shows your host didn't provide enough food or a filling meal. Along with leaving a little, it's fine to burp after eating, as a compliment to the chef.

Don't honk in Norway.

Don't honk in Norway.iStock/Thinkstock
It's only used in an emergency—so your unnecessary beeping could cause drivers to panic.

Don't forget to say hello in France.

Don't forget to say hello in France.Ryan Lane/Getty Images
"Bonjour madame, monsieur" should be the first words out of your mouth, otherwise you're subtly showing you feel the person is beneath you.

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Don't talk with your hands in your pockets in Germany.

Don't talk with your hands in your pockets in Germany.Westend61/Getty Images
It's considered rude. It's also customary to keep your hands on the table while eating, rather than resting them in your lap.

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