efore traveling to another country, it's important to read up on the culture to find out what is and is not acceptable. Something that may be considered typical behavior here could land you in hot water elsewhere. And you might be surprised by what could be misconstrued as insulting.
Keep reading to find out how to avoid coming off as a rude American. And definitely do not do #11 when visiting Vietnam— things could get awkward.
1. Asking someone, "What do you do for a living?"
It’s common form of small talk in the US and Canada, but asking someone about their career path can be considered an insult in many other parts of the world.
This is especially true in France, as the French have little concern for work and would rather be talking about pretty much anything else. Can you blame them?
Tipping is frowned upon in China, South Korea and many other countries throughout Asia and Europe.
Workers feel that the idea of an incentive to do a good job is insulting, as they already take pride in their work.
3. Open-Mouth Laughing
Want to look like an ignorant American in Japan?
Simply laugh with your mouth open, which is considered rude and “horse-like.”
4. Altering Your Meal
Both at restaurants and when dining in someone’s home, adding spices or condiments to your meal is seen as a slap in the face in places like France, Spain, Italy, and Japan.
The cook sees this as the meal not being prepared well, and that’s pretty darn offensive. So, just to be safe, maybe don’t ask for that bottle of ketchup.
5. Accepting a Gift
In many countries such as China and Japan, accepting a gift in certain circumstances is considered quite rude.
You’re expected to decline the gift several times or at least offer something in return to remain polite.