Something Special Globally.
Do you know?
Handshake – Although generally adopted around the world. Southeast Asians press together; Japanese bow; Middle Easterners and many Asians favor a gently grip.
- DIRECT EYE CONTACT – Asians, Puerto Ricans, West Indians, African American, Native Americans considered it to be rude, or disrespectful, or intimidating, or may indicate sexual overtones.
- WAVING – “No” to most Europeans. Europeans raise the arm and “Bob” the hand up and down at the wrist.”
- BECKONING – Europeans and Asians raise the arm, palm facing down, and make a scratching motion with fingers. In Australia and in Indonesia, curling the index finger is used for beckoning animals.
- “V” FOR VICTORY–In England, palm facing inward toward the face is an obscene gesture.
- THE O.K GESTURE–In France it means zero. In Japan it means money or coins. In Brazil, Germany, and the former USSR, it is obscene gesture.
- THUMBS UP –Also used for hitch-hiking in American. In Nigeria a rude gesture. In Australia, if pumped up and down is an obscene gesture. In Germany and Japan, the signal for “one.”
- WHISTLING–Throughout Europe, whistling at public events is a signal of disapproval, even derision.
- NODDING AND SHAKING HEAD–Opposite meaning in Bulgaria, parts of Greece, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, and Bengal.
- CRAZY– In Argentina, “you have telephone call.”