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Guest Etiquette Around the World: How to Live Like a Local

RULES FOR GUESTS AROUND THE WORLD WELCOME THE BASICS There are certain unwritten rules of etiquette that apply when you stay in someone's home, regardless of where you are in the world.. Don't leave the Don't be too noisy when your host is asleep Don't hog the place a mess bathroom Never outstay your Tell your host when to expect you welcome IT'S SIMPLE TREAT YOUR HOST'S HOME THE WAY YOU'D LIKE A VISITOR TO TREAT YOURS AROUND THE WORLD THAILAND "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Sa-wat-dii" "Yin dee têe dâi róo jàk" GREETING TIP When first meeting someone add 'kha' onto the end of sentences if you're female and 'khrap' if you're male. THRESHOLD Step over the threshold of the home, rather than on it SHOES OFF Remove your shoes before entering the home. (traditional Thais believe a spirit lives in the threshold of homes). EASY ON THE NEGATIVITY Don't dwell on negativities or be surprised if your host brushes bad events under the carpet. Just say "mai pen rai" ("nevermind") and carry on. QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.. Only ask your host one question at a time. If you ask two or more questions in a row, you'll only get an answer to the last one. GERMANY "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Guten Tag" "Nett, Sie kennen zu lernen" ALWAYS RECYCLE Don't bin recyclables, especially items bearing any Pfand symbols - Germans take recycling seriously and that Pfand symbol means the item is sold with a deposit that can be claimed back when it's recycled. Für die TAKE A SEAT DRAFTS Gentlemen - please sit down when you pee. The Unless it's really, really hot risk of "spillages" is taken so seriously in Germany that a tenant was recently taken to court by his landlord for refusing to use the seat. outside, keep windows and doors shut. As a general rule, Germans hate drafts. Many believe they will make them sick. JAPAN "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Konnichiwa" "Hajimemashite" NO SHOES PLEASE! Remove your shoes at the door. You will probably be given a pair of slippers to wear. If you aren't wearing socks, it is polite to bring a (clean!) pair to slip on after removing shoes. TOILET SLIPPERS KEEPING CLEAN You may find separate toilet slippers are provided for bathrooms. Leave your Bathtubs are used exclusively for soaking - clean yourself in the shower first and ensure no regular slippers outside the door, but don't forget to switch back as you leave the room. soap gets into the tub. FACE MASKS BLESS YOU! If you fall ill cover your If you need to blow your mouth with a mask while nose, go to your room or around other people. somewhere private. C* TURKEY "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Merhaba" "Memnun oldum" WASHING UP Wash dishes under running water. The Turkish don't believe in washing things in stagnant water – if you do your host will probably wash everything again. KEEP OUT! SHARP OBJECTS PRIVACY Don't hand your host sharp objects (like knives or scissors) directly – it's believed this will cause two Your host may have clearly defined private and public areas of the home. Don't ask for a tour around any people to become enemies. Instead, put them down, and they will pick them up. rooms you're not willingly shown - it's considered very rude. AUSTRALIA "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "G'day!" "Nice to meet you" GREETING TIP Use first names when introducing yourself and greeting others. Addressing your host as "mate" is also fine. "BRING A PLATE" BYOB If your host invites you to a BBQ (or 'barbie') and asks you to "bring a plate" it means bring some food to share - not a literal plate. You're also expected to bring some drinks. Beer or wine are generally a safe bet. BROADBAND Unlimited broadband plans aren't the norm in Australia, so be careful how much time you spend streaming. INDIA "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Namaste" "Ap se milkar khushi hui" NO SHOES PLEASE! Unless told otherwise, remove your shoes before entering the home (you can keep your socks on). EAT! DRESS If food is offered to you, Dress conservatively (around the home - not just in public). don't decline - it's considered very impolite. FAMILY Ask about your host's family - family is very important in Indian culture and your host will love to talk about them. BRAZIL "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Ola" "Muito prazer" GREETING TIP Greet your host with a kiss on each cheek (more of a cheek to cheek touch than an actual kiss). SHOWER Don't be shocked if your CUTLERY host asks you if you want a shower as soon as you arrive. They're not saying you smell - Brazilians shower a lot so it's customary to ask if guests If your host offers you food, you'll probably be expected to eat it with a knife and fork - that includes foods like pizza and open sandwiches. want one, too. RUSSIA "Hello" "Nice to meet you" "Zdravstvuy" "Priyatno poznakomit'sya" AT THE DOOR Do not shake hands or give a gift over a threshold (i.e. a doorway) - this is said to cause arguments. ON ARRIVAL Take off your shoes at the door then quickly change into "home clothes - Russian streets aren't very clean and these practices help prevent dirt being carried into the home. VODKA WHISTLING If offered a drink of Russia's Avoid whistling inside the house - many Russians most popular tipple, vodka, do not ask for a mixer - it's believe it will cause money considered blasphemy. problems. Brought to you by: the Mill SHOP SOURCES: en

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