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  Answer True or False. For those you answer as false, what is the correct answer?

   True False
1. All cultures appreciate brevity and succinctness, especially in writing.

2. Saying “please” and “thank you” is still good practice.

3. A strong handshake is always an acceptable greeting.

4. The American thumbs-up always means “good job.”

5. Rubbing your thumb and forefinger together always signifies that something costs, or pays, money.

6. An up-and-down head nod always means “yes.”

7. Crossing your fingers is how everyone symbolizes a wish for good luck.

8. Patting a child on the head is always a compliment.

9. Pointing at someone is normally considered rude.

  1. False. The American “bottom-line” style is offensive to relationshiporiented cultures.

2. True.

3. False. Although American etiquette demands that you shake hands with everyone—with no protocol except equality—there are many countries in which people do not shake hands at all. In many Asian countries, for example, body contact is considered disrespectful, so the accepted greeting is a nod or a bow and a verbal exchange. Many Asian workers may carry this belief and, even though intellectually they know differently, they may still feel that you’re disrespecting them if you greet them with a firm handshake. When establishing relations with Asians, it’s probably wise to avoid all body contact, unless they initiate it.

4. False. In Australia, it means “up yours”; in Germany, “one”; in Japan, “five”; in Saudi Arabia, “I’m winning”; in Ghana, it is an insult; and in Afghanistan and Nigeria, it is an obscene gesture.

5. False. In France, it means something is perfect; in the Mediterranean, it’s a vulgar gesture.

6. False. In parts of the Middle East, India, and Pakistan, the head is shaken to indicate “yes” and nodded for “no.” In the Philippines, the head is often moved downward to indicate “no,” and the head and eyebrows will be raised for “yes.” In the Middle East, sometimes the chin is held up slightly and a clicking sound is made for “no.” However, most people who have been in America for any length of time have adopted American ways in this area.

7. False. In North America and parts of Europe, yes. But do it in Paraguay, and you’re sure to offend.

8. False. In many parts of Asia, it will be interpreted as a curse on the child.

9. True. Pointing at people (and often at objects) is poor etiquette in most cultures, including America. In Asian cultures, all pointing is frowned on. If you must point, use your entire hand.



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