Body Language in Different Cultures
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Be careful in Iran, Syria, and Egypt, where a single nod of the head means “no.” When in India, a side-to-side head tilt is an affirmative gesture. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Kisses are a normal way to say “hello” or “goodbye” to a loved one in Belgium and Switzerland, but in some Asian cultures, these gestures are considered more intimate and private. In Filipino culture, the lips are used to point toward something!</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Bad posture is a sign of disrespect in Japan and Taiwan. While in the US, slouching can indicate tiredness or vulnerability. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Physical touch varies in different cultures. Some countries where it can be considered rude to touch others include: Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, and Scandinavia. However, it’s generally okay to touch in: Turkey, France, Italy, Greece, and Spain.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Joining the thumb and index finger to form a ring is a positive sign in the US, meaning “OK.” In France and Germany, this same gesture signals “zero” or “nothing.” But be cautious in Mediterranean, Arabic, and Latin American countries, where it’s viewed as an obscenity!</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">In Italy and Spain, making grand gestures with the arms and hands while speaking is completely normal. Don't cross your arms in Finland though, where it is considered extremely offensive and arrogant. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">In China, it's common for people to stand very close to each other. Americans are accustomed to a lot of physical space, while Latin American cultures are very tactile and affectionate, so they stand closer to one another. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">In most Western cultures, eye contact shows that you are being attentive and sincere. However, constant eye contact in Japan can make others feel awkward. </span></div>

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Cookie Policy. Your use of ThingLink's Products and Services, is subject to these policies and terms.