Do you want to know more? A quiz on cultural difference
1)In Western countries, its unusual to give tips. ( ) 2)Westerners tend to avoid using13( ) 3)Nodding your head up and down always means yes. ( ) 4)Usually, one should never give a clock as a gift in China. ( ) 5)Never point to anything with your foot in Vietnam ( ). ( ) 6)You can pass something to an older person with one hand in Korea. ( ) 7)In Canada, its OK to arrive early if you are invited to someones house? ( ) No Yes No Yes No
Can you match the ways of greeting with the countries? Holland putting their hands together and bowing slightly Thailand kissing each other on one cheek and then the other The USA greeting each other by touching noses South America hugging each other The Middle East shaking hands with each other Japan bowing to each other
Read the passage to do T or F questions: (1) Greetings are meant to show friendship and respect. (2) Possibly the most unusual way for people to greet each other is to put ones hands together at the chest. (3) Handshake was first used in the Middle Ages. (4) In the United States, people shake hands when they meet important people. (5) The Europeans shake hands gently. T F T T T
When it comes to the first impression, a proper greeting is of the utmost importance. Before you group together all English- speaking people, remember there are many differences greeting manners between Various countries. For example, Americans like a strong handshake that shows respect, as well as a simple. short reading What do Americans/the British/Australians like doing to show respect?
greeting, ie. Hello, nice to meet you. Or Hi, my name is John. On the contrary, the British prefer a brief but firm handshake associated with a formal greeting such as Good monrning, Mr Blair. How are you?. Australians also differ with people commonly preferring a simple Gday(Good day) in casual situations. Whether you are introducing yourself to others or seeing an old friend, it is important to use the proper greeting according to the different cultures and situations.
Discussion As a Chinese, if you are not familiar with greetings from other countries, what might happen? Maybe we would feel embarrassed; we might be involved in awkward situations like…
Homework: Read the passage in Part A on page 123 in Workbook.