Mind Your (Global) Manners
How to take a shot in Russia, eat a sandwich in Brazil, and five other insider tips to keep you from looking like a tourist.
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If someone in a bar offers you a shot, accept it: Sharing vodka is a symbol of bonding and friendship. If you have trouble holding your liquor, its perfectly fine to say "choot choot, pozhaluasta" ("just a little, please").
Watch what you say! Make sure you refer to the locals as "islanders" or simply "Jamaicans." The term "native" can be taken as a racial slur.
Place your chopsticks to the side of your bowl; never stand them upright. That's how rice is offered to the dead!
Blow your nose in private. This is never done in public think cleaning your ears or cutting your toenails in America.
Always use utensils at meals. If it's finger good, use a napkin to pick it up. Here, even sandwiches are eaten with a fork and knife.
Because the head is considered the seat of a person's soul, keep your hands off you should even refrain from patting a child affectionately.