Rude! 12 Things You Should Never Do in Other Countries
Planning a trip abroad? Memorize these rules to avoid offending the locals.
Don’t tip in Japan
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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
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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. Here are funny international laws you never knew existed.
Don’t use your left hand in India
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
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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 miss more rude American manners that are actually polite in other countries.
Don’t forget to say hello in France
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“Bonjour madame, monsieur” should be the first words out of your mouth, otherwise you’re subtly showing you feel the person is beneath you. Find out how to say “bless you” in other languages from around the world.
Don’t talk with your hands in your pockets in Germany
It’s considered rude. It’s also customary to keep your hands on the table while eating, rather than resting them in your lap. These are the 50 little etiquette rules you should always practice.
Don’t call the United States “America” in South America
To call the United States “America” in South America implies that only the United States are worthy of the title “America.” South America is an America too. Here are some of the places you need to visit this year, according to travel experts.
Don’t open a gift immediately in India
There’s a bit of unchartered territory around this one in the United States too. If your boss gives you a random gift from a business trip, should you open it then and there, or wait? It’s not always clear. But if you’re in India, you’ll want to refrain; opening a present on the spot is considered greedy.