Monday, April 2, 2012
A Courteous Welcome
Courtesy is an important skill for
everyone, regardless of age or income. In the United States, courtesy can be as simple as opening a door for someone or saying
thank you. Most Westerners greet
others by shaking hands, but some other countries or cultures may have different ways of showing courtesy, so it’s important
to understand their customs to be respectful and courteous. Be aware that many areas have adopted Western traditions, so to avoid insulting anyone, observe how
they are greeting one another. That is the ultimate form of courtesy. Remember, when a courteous gesture or hello is accompanied by a smile, smiling back
is the natural and universal reaction expected!Below are some examples of how other cultures traditionally show courtesy in greeting others (from the web
11:18 am edt
· Germans have a very firm handshake; the French a light, short one; the
British a short, but firm one; and the Italians will follow a handshake with a hug or kisses on the cheek.
Portuguese, and Italians greet friends by kissing on both cheeks.
· Hawaiians hug in greeting and exchange leis.
is an important aspect of greeting in many Asian cultures.
· Japanese have deep bows signifying their level
.· Thais hold their palms together about chest high, fingers outstretched. Cambodians do it
as if they are praying, with both hands folded together in front of their chest
.· Maoris press their noses together in greeting.