These 13 Habits Are Normal In America, But The Rest Of The World Thinks They Are Excessively Rude

Here is a list of just some of the things we consider appropriate in America that will get you a side-eye abroad.

1. In Japan, it’s considered rude to laugh with your mouth open, showing your teeth.

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2. A firm handshake is considered too aggressive in the Philippines.

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3. It’s not necessary to clean your plate in Thailand and China.

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4. In Japan, it’s customary to first refuse a gift before accepting it.

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5. Don’t blow your nose in public in Japan. (It’s not exactly mannerly here either, but we’ll let it slide.)

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6. Opening a gift in front of the person who gave it to you is considered rude in India and China.

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7. Sorry lefties: in Southeast Asia, it’s considered rude and gross to use your left hand for sanitary activities.

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8. In Japan, anyone under the weather will wear a surgical mask to prevent the spread of whatever has got them down.

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9. Haitians think it’s rude to whistle in public.

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10. It’s disrespectful to have your hand casually in your pocket when talking to someone in Korea.

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11. Fashionably late is still very much in fashion for many parts of Europe, to the extent that showing up right on the dot is a little faux pas.

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12. Always check to see if tipping is considered necessary or rude. It’s rude in some countries.

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13. Switzerland, Luxembourg and Singapore all abhor chewing gum in public. 

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