Every culture has different rules for etiquette and manners and it is impossible to learn all of them. Being aware of cultural differences in everyday situations can help you avoid a faux pas. Not knowing basic lifestyle rules can get you into some serious trouble.
Be aware of your body language, in spite of the fact that body language is a great way to communicate with other people, you have to understand that gestures can be interpreted in different ways. Taking a moment in silence is a good idea too. While you are listening you might look for polite words to give the right answer.
Learn few words in the native language. Truly, greeting a person in their native tongue is one of the most powerful introductions you can ever have. Nelson Mandela famously said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” And remember: “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything”.
A common sense approach might be: if you don’t see the locals doing it, you sure as hell better not be doing it.
A community radio midnight show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass is aired Sunday, Tuesday and Friday night at midnight (GMT), that means you stay late on Saturday, Monday and Thursday. A new episode is aired every Sunday midnight (the night between Saturday and Sunday) on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.