Planning a trip abroad? Learn these seven rules to avoid offending the locals.
Service at restaurants and hotels will likely be exceptional in Japan, but tipping isn't done; and it could be seen as degrading.
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.
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.
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.
It's only used in an emergency—so your unnecessary beeping could cause drivers to panic.
"Bonjour madame, monsieur" should be the first words out of your mouth, otherwise you're subtly showing you feel the person is beneath you.
It's considered rude. It's also customary to keep your hands on the table while eating, rather than resting them in your lap.
You don’t have to worry about being rude to the French. They’ll be rude to you first
In Europe, EVERYONE outside France can’t stand them…
Don’t ever motion to someone to come toward you be using your index finger in China. That is the equivalent of flashing your middle finger at someone in the U.S.A. Use all your fingers on one hand to beckon them to come toward you. And of course you take your shoes off when you enter someone’s home in China. In Russia, too. It’s the polite and respectful thing to do. They will have a pair of slippers for you to wear inside the house.