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Culture Note--meeting People For The First Time

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This exercise helps ESL students learn about different customs in different cultures. visit: Cora Chen's website

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  • 1. 
    People in different countries have different ways of  _____________ one another for the first time.
    • A. 

      Shake hands

    • B. 

      Greeting

    • C. 

      Kiss

  • 2. 
    In Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Mexico, it is common for people to _________ one another when they first meet in most informal situations.
    • A. 

      Greeting

    • B. 

      Shake hands

    • C. 

      Kiss

  • 3. 
    In the U. S. and Canada, people ___________ with the people they just met in both formal and informal situations.
    • A. 

      Shake hands

    • B. 

      Hug

    • C. 

      Kiss

  • 4. 
    In some ___________ situations, the French kiss one another when they first meet.
    • A. 

      Formal

    • B. 

      Informal

    • C. 

      Most

  • 5. 
    In Romania, Germany, Britain and some other European countries, people shake hands in __________ formal and informal settings.
    • A. 

      Both

    • B. 

      Only

    • C. 

      Few

  • 6. 
    In Japan and Korea, people always ___________ when greeting one another.
    • A. 

      Hold hands

    • B. 

      Bow

    • C. 

      Wave their hands

  • 7. 
    Some Chinese bow to greet people and show respect or ___________ , while others just wave their hands or shake hands with people they meet for the first time.
    • A. 

      Gratitude

    • B. 

      Friendships

    • C. 

      Feelings

  • 8. 
    In Burma, Thailand and India, people press their _________ together close to their chests and greet one another with a slight bow.
    • A. 

      Fingers

    • B. 

      Right hands

    • C. 

      Palms

  • 9. 
    In Iran, men greet men by putting their __________ over their hearts along with a little bow. They stand very close to one another, about 12 inches apart, when they talk.
    • A. 

      Left hands

    • B. 

      Both hands

    • C. 

      Right hands

  • 10. 
    Americans usually stand at least __________ apart from one another when they talk.
    • A. 

      12 inches

    • B. 

      3 feet

    • C. 

      5 feet