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Unformatted text preview: ENGLISH COURSE : 1st Year Miss Takoua Becha A world guide to Good Manners Travelling to all corners of the world gets easier and easier. We live in a global village, but how well do we know and understand each other? Here is a simple test. Imagine you have arranged a meeting at four oclock. What time should you expect your foreign business colleagues to arrive? If they are Germans, they will be bang on time. If they are American, they will probably be 15 minutes early. If they are British, they will be 15 minutes late, and you should allow up to an hour for the Italians. With the widespread of English language, the British think that everyone understands their customs. For example:-The British are happy to have a business lunch and discuss business matters with a drink during the meal; the Japanese prefer not to work while eating. Lunch is a time to relax and get to know one another, and they rarely drink at lunchtime.-The Germans like to talk business before dinner; the French like to eat first and talk afterwards. They have to be well fed and watered before they discuss anything.-Taking off your jacket and rolling up your sleeves is a sign of getting down to work in Britain and Holland, but in Germany people regard it as taking it easy.-American executives sometimes signal their feelings of ease and importance in their offices by putting their feet on the desk whilst on the telephone. In Japan, people would be shocked. Showing the soles of your feet is the height of bad manners. It is a social insult only exceeded by blowing your nose in public. The Japanese have perhaps the strictest rules of social and business behaviour. Seniority is very important, and a younger man should never be sent to complete a business deal with an older Japanese man. The Japanese business card almost needs a rulebook of its own. You must exchange business cards immediately on meeting because it is essential to establish everyones status and position. When it is handed to a person in a superior position, it must be given and received with both hands and you must take time to read it carefully, and not just to put it in your pocket! Also the bow is very important part of greeting someone. You should not expect the Japanese to shake hands. Bowing the head is a mark of respect and the first bow of the day should be lower than when you meet thereafter. The Americans sometimes find it difficult to accept the more formal Japanese manners. They prefer to be casual and more informal. The great topic of conversation between strangers in Britain is the weather-unemotional and impersonal. In America, the main topic between strangers is the search to find a geographical link.Oh, really? You live in Ohio? I had an uncle who once worked there....
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course CS 1205 taught by Professor Takoua during the Spring '11 term at Cardiff University.
- Spring '11