Burping and slurping at the dinner table
istock/DusanManic In China and Taiwan, burping is the highest form of flattery—it means you like the food! “The host considers the noise a compliment,” says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Etiquette School of New York. Slurping your noodles pays the same respect. Still, you should avoid these annoying eating habits when eating with Americans.
Arriving to a dinner date late
istock/SolStock In India, it’s totally acceptable to show up to dinner 15 or 30 minutes behind schedule. Why? “They’re a little more relaxed about time than we are,” says Napier-Fitzpatrick. Unlike Western cultures, Indians value relationships with people over being punctual. Here are 50 etiquette rules you should always practice.