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How Much Do You Know About Manners and Customs Around the World?
by R. White

Whatever your nationality, it's important to try to blend in when you enter a new culture. You probably can't absorb an entire language, thousands of years of history, or know the nuances of every cultural quirk of a place. What you can do is take a little time to learn the baseline customs that ensure you don't massively offend anyone, and build from there. 

Of course, if you get it right, then there's no faster way to ingratiate yourself with the residents of a place. Respecting someone's customs makes them feel important and seen. It smooths over language barriers by creating its own common language of decency. 

It's no surprise, then, that most people are pretty welcoming to visitors in their country if they see that those visitors have made at least that much effort. And of course, if you do get it wrong once or twice, you're much less likely to really upset someone when they can see that up until that moment, you gave it your best shot!

Still, there are a lot of countries, and only a truly global traveler knows all the quirks and customs of all of them. Let's see how worldly you are when it comes to manners!

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