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Believe it or not, sometimes American’s everyday gestures and customs are considered rude in other countries. Here are 12 examples.
1. Tipping. In Japan and many parts of Europe, it’s unnecessary to tip and down right rude. Ask if it’s okay to tip before doing so. I guess service workers in the rest of the world get paid an honest wage instead of needing to live on tips to survive.
2. Showing Up on Time. In Argentina and many parts of the world, it’s considered rude to show up on time for a dinner party or appointment. It would be like showing up an hour early to a party in the United States.
3. Opening a Gift in Front of the Gift-Giver. In China, it’s not okay to open a gift in front of the person who gave it to you. Instead, just accept the gift and open it when you get home.
4. Laughing Loudly. In Japan, it’s not rude to laugh at a joke, but if you show your teeth in the act of laughing, it’s considered rude. So hide your teeth and close your mouth.
5. Firm Handshake. In the Philippines, it’s considered aggressive if you greet someone with a firm handshake. But it the United States, it’s important to show someone that you’re there when you meet them.
6. Bringing Wine to a Dinner Party. In Germany, it’s seen as a slight to the host if you show up with wine to a dinner party. Just let the host do all the work.
7. Cleaning your Plate. In China, it’s considered rude if you finish all the food on your plate.
8. Publicly Blowing Your Nose. In Japan, it’s considered rude to blow your nose in public. So just excuse yourself and then blow your nose.
9. Crossing Your Fingers. In Vietnam, it’s vulgar to cross your fingers because it means a woman’s vagina. Unlike in the United States, it means good luck.
10. Smiling. In Russia, it’s rude to smile at a stranger because it’s considered an intimate gesture that is only reserved for friends and family.
11. Honking Your Car. In Norway, using your car honk is reserved for emergencies only.
12. Waving. In Greece, showing your palms of your hands is considered offensive. I guess it’s why you have to kiss someone if you want to greet someone.