What are some similarities among cultures concerning

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What are some similarities among cultures concerning greetings? What are some differences among cultures concerning greetings? 28 © 2006 Touching Similarly to other nonverbal elements, touch preferences, including how often people touch, vary across cultures. Ken Cooper observed how often people touched each other during casual conversations at outdoor cafes: 180 touches per hour in San Juan, Puerto Rico 110 touches per hour in Paris, France (not Texas) 2 touches per hour in Gainesville, Florida 0 touches per hour in London 29 © 2006 Eye Contact Learn the eye contact preferences of your foreign communication partner as to avoid offending them by mistake. Cambodians believe direct eye contact is “something akin to invading one’s privacy”. Vietnamese often look at the grounds with their heads down. Why? “People from Arabic countries look each other in the eye when talking, with an intensity that make Americans highly uncomfortable.” Why? 30 © 2006 Body Language Body language differs considerably from one culture to another Belching after a meal is considered rude by most cul- tures, however, is both acceptable and a compliment in China. When a person nods his or her head up and down in the U.S. it means “yes,” whereas in Bulgaria it means “no”. Good Source of Examples : Gestures: Do’s and Taboos of Body Language Around the World by Roger E. Axtell.