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[转载] 游客在你的国家有什么要特别注意的常识呢?


What's extremely offensive in your country, that tourists might not know about beforehand?



[–]shufflebottom 4297 指標 1 天前
U.K. Don't try to antoganize the Queens guards, they're not decoration they're serving soldiers. Have a good gawp but leave them be.


–]KakatteKoi 1837 指標 1 天前
Thailand, Don't touch people on their heads, it is the highest point of the body so therefore it's the most respectful part. Also never point your feet at a Buddha statue, it's considered very rude.
Also, if you step on money, you'll be thrown in jail, it has the king's face on it and disrespecting him in anyway (like stepping on his image or saying you hate him) will get you a 1 way ticket to a not very nice prison.


[–]sedermera 441 指標 1 天前
By feet, do you mean the soles of my feet or the tips?


[–]subwooferofthehose 335 指標 1 天前*
The tips/toes. That's very very Buddhist. To point your toes at The Buddha is to demonstrate you are his equal. You aren't. So don't.
EDIT: Here's a pretty good list of do's and don'ts when visiting a Buddhist shrine, temple, or statue: Le List


[–]Bellaa0 3806 指標 1 天前
If you ask someone in Norway "how they are doing", we will give an actual answer.


[–]MacHaggis 2898 指標 1 天前
First times I had to talk with Americans I don't know personally over skype was awkward.
"hey, machaggis. How are you?"
"I...eh...why are you asking?"


[–]tugnasty 3537 指標 1 天前
In American, "How Are You?" roughly translates to, "Is this an appropriate time for meaningless pleasantries, or are you currently experiencing or expecting a crisis?"


[–]Renmauzuo 1268 指標 1 天前
Yeah, it's not the meaningless question people make it out to be. It's a way to set the tone for the rest of the conversation. If I ask "how are you" and someone says "I'm good" then I can follow up with whatever I intended to ask/tell them, but if they say "well my mom just died" then I know that now is not the time.


[–]tugnasty 909 指標 1 天前
"My Mom just died."
"Oh. Crazy weather huh? First its gonna rain then it's not. Come on right."


[–]improbablewobble 120 指標 1 天前
Kind of happened to me. My old roommate called me, which was weird because we hadn't talked in a while. I answered and he acted surprised it was me and he said, oops I think I butt dialed you. Anyway, how are you man? I said not great, my mom just died. And his actual response was "oh wow, hey man I'm walking into a restaurant right now, I'll catch up with you soon". That was the last time I talked to him, three years ago.


[–]Thangka6 26 指標 1 天前
Maybe he misheard you? Otherwise, WOW, that guy is a dick.


[–]improbablewobble 48 指標 1 天前
He heard me. I think he panicked because he's not good with dealing with heavy shit so he made a split second decision to act like he didn't hear me. To be fair, I probably shouldn't have said anything but I was pretty drunk at the time.


[–]Permexpat 1798 指標 1 天前
When I lived in the Middle East showing the bottom of your feet (like when your legs are crossed) was offensive, saw expats do it all the time though


[–]N007 1 指標 1 天前
I never ever understood this.
"You are lower than the bottom of my shoes."
It is symbolic.


[–]Ich_Liegen 912 指標 1 天前*
Brazil here;
The "OK" thing americans do with their hands means 'fuck you' 'Shove it up your ass'. So don't do it.
Ronald Reagan committed the same mistake.

罗纳德里根(译 美国总统)犯下过同样的错误。

[–]WhatDoesScrollLockDo 3098 指標 1 天前
Fanny means vagina in Australia. Just saying.

“Fanny”(译 人名)在澳大利亚是yin道的意思。我没别的意思。

[–]Albino-Bob 613 指標 1 天前
Its a semi-common female name in Sweden


[–]MrStilton 334 指標 1 天前
It used to be common in the UK as well. However, it's becoming less common due to the association with vaginas.


[–]KairyuSmartie 4677 指標 2 天前*
German here: doing the Hitler greeting, saying 'Heil Hitler', and the Swastika are illegal here. It's very obviously very inappropriate to visit Germany and pose with your right arm raised for photos, especially when visiting a historically or culturally important place, and yet tourists keep getting into trouble because of this.
Edit because I keep getting the same questions:
We do not censor books, movies, or similar. We are in fact very open with our history. It is, though, prohibited to worship the Nazis.
Germany has free speech but we draw the line when it comes to hate speech. Our first and most important basic right roughly translates to 'A person's dignity mustn't be violated'. This is more important to us than complete free speech, and considering our history, that makes a lot of sense.
Denying the holocaust is illegal as well. The moustache is not illegal but you don't want to be seen with it. I don't actually know if the swastika is prohibited in a religious context as well. I don't think it is, though.
Edit 2: please refrain from being the 5,001st person to tell me that Germany technically hasn't free speech, thank you.


[–]godless-life 2616 指標 2 天前*
Don't tell them, it's funny! I live in Berlin and regularly see Brits and Americans get fined around the parliament building, Checkpoint Charlie or other such places. Schadenfreude is beste Freude.


taekwondo_girl_lily 1370 指標 2 天前
The V for Victory (or 2) sign where the palm is facing towards you, so the back of the hand is facing everyone else. That's pretty offensive in Britain...


[–]sobrafox 140 指標 2 天前*
Excuse my ignorance (American here) but could you explain why? I visited Britain a couple of years back and am cringing whether or not I might have unknowingly offended someone.
Edit: Removed 'the'
Editedit: Okay, so from what a majority of you have been saying, it originates way back during some war or another, between the French and the British, where they would cut off these two fingers upon capturing the enemy (long?)bowmen. That's pretty neat.


[–]david_creek 642 指標 2 天前*
Costa Rica: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT slam on people's car doors. Specially taxis. Try to be gentle when getting in and out.
I wouldn't call it EXTREMELY offensive but people will definitely give you the stink eye for that. Some rude taxi drivers could even give you a bad time.


–]GryphonGuitar 3927 指標 2 天前
Swedes have a HUGE sphere of personal space. If you're American, and you're talking to me, you are standing WAY too close to me. Shields up.


[–]weealex 4415 指標 2 天前
Everything I read about Swedish personal space has me believing that the ideal distance is me calling from the US.


[–]ErikEndo 1488 指標 2 天前
The same in Germany. Arm-length is the appropriate distance.


[–]MisterDeclan 3142 指標 2 天前*
Ireland; if you're in a pub/at a bar DO NOT order a 'Black and Tan' or an 'Irish Car Bomb'.
The former was the common name for the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve during the Irish war of independence. They're infamous for their violent and extreme treatment towards the Irish people. Order a 'half and half' instead.
The latter is because we don't want to be associated with terrorists and people tend to make a mess drinking them.
There are a few places where it is okay to order these but they're more of an exception rather than the rule.

爱尔兰,如果你在酒吧,不.要.点“black and tan(黑与褐)”或者“irish car bomb(爱尔兰汽车炸弹)”
前者是爱尔兰独立战争时爱尔兰王室警吏团的常用称呼,他们因暴力和对人民的极端对待而声名狼藉。正确说法是“half and half”

Romania: do not give someone an even number of flowers. That's reserved for funerals.


[–]Pandafurlulz 203 指標 1 天前
The Netherlands, lots of tourists think we can smoke weed everywhere we want. This is not the case, you can only smoke it in the coffee shops or at home. So don't smoke on the street.


[–]Shahata_Joe 1326 指標 1 天前
My family is middle eastern, but I see this as a on trait in Mediterranean people in general as well.
Eat the food we offer you. All of it. Eat the seconds the matriarch of the house is putting on your plate. Eat the fruit they give you, drink the tea, eat more. Eat it all.
If you refuse more food, the matriarch will assume you are lying and either hate the food, or lying because you're shy. And if you annoy the matriarch of the household, everyone In the family is obligated to take her side, even if they don't really give a shit.
So if you are ever visiting an Arab (or Italian, or Greek) family, be as hungry as possible.


[–]diepig2000 1148 指標 1 天前*
A Hongkonger here. Many of us really hate people treating Hong Kong as China, some of us even loath being addressed as a Chinese. Though Hong Kong is being ruled (in some eyes, colonized) by China, we have different lifestyle, local culture, language, political and law system than China.
And for the foreigners who speak or are learning Mandarin/Putonghua, though we appreciate the effort you try to speak in one of the spoken Chinese languages, Cantonese is the mother tongue of most of us. Though many of us understand Mandarin, I'd say you better off speak in English instead.
*Edit: firstly thanks for all the upvotes. Just want to clarify a bit, we, most of us to be precise, do not reject being a "Chinese" in cultural sense, and I personally am proud to be a "Chinese" BUT "Chinese" here has nothing to do with the nation "People's Republic of China".

编辑:首先感谢点赞。我只想澄清一下,我们,准确的说是多数人,不拒绝在文化意义上作为“中国人”,而且我个人是作为“中国人”而骄傲的,但.是. 这里的“中国人”和“中华人民共和国”这个国家没有任何关系

[–]Lurkermostofthetime 82 指標 1 天前
1.3 billions Chinese, and only about 80 millions canto speaker. If you want to learn a language to improve your skills set, you might as well learn the easier mandarin. I am native canto speaker, and even I learn mandarin.


[–]lightgiver 20 指標 1 天前
I see why it is better to speak English in HK than Mandarin. Might as well speak in a language native to at least one participant than speaking in one no parties use as a native language.


[–]jellykid_4eva 14 指標 1 天前
Honestly I never had much trouble in Hong Kong by just speaking English. I had some addresses like my hotel address written in cantonese for the taxi drivers who rarely spoke let alone spoke English. I did have a problem with a language barrier the further toward North Point I got though.


[–]kingofeggsandwiches 10 指標 1 天前
Just 80 million. The population of Germany then?

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