Sunday, January 10, 2010

Who knew?

One thing about traveling and living in a foreign country is the use of body language to communicate meaning, and within that, what is appropriate.  Many foreign teachers have probably dealt with their students trying out various hand gestures on them in class, some of which we would consider offensive.

The best way to combat the possible offense and resulting embarrassment is to educate others on what is culturally acceptable.

With that, I found an interesting page on Korea Times' website that focuses on global etiquette.  The behavior itself seems innocent enough to us, but in Korea will carry a completely different meaning.

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