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.

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.

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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.

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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