Posted: 30 Juli , 2013 in Artikel-artikel

sopan 3A. Courteous Things you should do

1. Local Custom

When traveling in a foreign land, it is courteous to show respect to local customs. In Korea and Japan, for example, introduction is acknowledged by bowing deeply and shaking hands tightly. In Bangkok, on the other hand, you clasp your hands together as if prayer. In Samoa and Hawaii, “How do you do” is said with a kiss on the cheek. In Australia, prepare yourself for hearty slap on the shoulder.

In Hong kong, poor  people resent being photographed at work unless they receive a cumshaw ( a tip ). In Japan, offering money would be considered an insult. Some superstitious Japanese will not pose unless there are three persons in the photograph. Don’t joke with Malayans. They consider it bad taste to laugh or show other signs of emotion. On the other hand, someone love laugh.

2. Gestures

Something in your eye? Think before you touch the lower lid. If Saudi sees you, he will think you’re calling him stupid. But a South American Senorita will think you’re making a pass at her. There’s no greater insult you can offer a Greek than to thrust your palm toward his face. This gesture called “The Moutza”. It’s descended from the old Byzantine custom of smearing filth from the gutter on the faces of condemned criminals as they were led in chains through the city.

So vile is this insult that in Greece even Churchillian, Victory V is taboo, as it looks like half “Moutza”. Thus the Cretan or Athenian traveler ordering two teas in a Heathrow restaurant will carefully reverse his palm and give the waiter two fingers. With 22,600 orders of cup of tea open to ministerpretation everyday. The wonder is the place functions at all.

3. Ice Breaker

In North America when people meet each other for the first time, they talk about things like, family, work, school or sports. They ask question like “Do you have any brother and sister?”, “Where do you work”, What school/collage do you go to?”, and ” Do you like sport”. They also ask question like, “Where do you come from?”and “where do you live?”. These are polite questions. They are not personal or private.

But some things are personal or private, and questions about them are not polite. People don’t ask question about a person’s salary. They don’t ask how much someone paid for something. It is okay to ask children how old they are, but is not polite to ask older people their age. It’s also not polite to ask people question about politics or religion unless you know them verry well. People don’t ask unmerried people, “Why are you single?” and they don’t ask a married couple with no children,”why don’t you have any children?”. Wherever we are we must know to adapt. ( Daffodils’s Course, Step Two Class )

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference 🙂


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