Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCTION Someone once said “Courtesy is the shortest distance between two people”. That sounds easy to fulfil but when it comes to talk to people."— Presentation transcript:
INTRODUCTION Someone once said “Courtesy is the shortest distance between two people”. That sounds easy to fulfil but when it comes to talk to people from different cultures, we might not be sure that what is respectful in one culture is respectful in another. In this presentation, we share the conclusion of our discussions on the matter giving examples of words, expressions, saying or gestures that can be offensive in our countries.
X ΑΛΆΡΩΣΕ !!!! Xαλάρωσε!!! “Relax” (an expression used ironically by you to someone who is mad because of your inappropriate behaviour, somehow relevant to the English expression “chillax”, a combination of chill out and relax!)
ΔΕ ΞΈΡΕΙΣ ΤΙ ΣΟΥ ΓΊΝΕΤΑΙ ! Δε ξέρεις τι σου γίνεται! “ You don’t know what is happening to you!” (when you doubt someone’s contact with reality)
MOUTZA Used to offend someone who behaves in a foolish way, e.g. takes your turn in a queue, forces you to speed up in the traffic light
GRALHA Gralha (a rook- a noisy bird). It is said when you want someone to stop talking or to say that a person is noisy or a chatterbox.
DON’T SPEAK SPANISH… Most Portuguese people can understand Spanish well, but it is very impolite to assume Portuguese is some Spanish dialect. If you want to speak Spanish, ask first if people speak it, or else people might get offended.
ESTOU NA BICHA… Estou na bicha (I am queuing). If you want to refer to a queue of people avoid the word ‘bicha’ which is a derogatory term used to offensively refer to homosexuals. Use the word ‘fila’ instead.
MAIS OU MENOS… When you meet someone who asks you ‘ how are you?´, you shouldn’t reply that you are fine. You keep it in the middle ‘mais ou menos’. Expressing wellness must be kept to yourself to avoid offending the other who might not be so well.
A gesture used by rockers is used to offend implying the person is sleeping with his/her wife or husband.
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