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International Faux Pas

Top Ten Cultural "No-Nos"

What’s common practice in one area of the world may be absolutely taboo in another. Because of the great variety of customs, cultures and traditions, it’s almost impossible to list specific acts that you should — or shouldn’t — avoid.

With that in mind, here are ten types of faux pas commonly committed when dealing with people from other countries:

10. Making assumptions

9. Neglecting to develop relationships

8. Comparing the place you are visiting to your home

7. Talking about money

6. Misinterpreting body language

5. Doing improper things with your feet

4. Doing improper things with your hands

3. Wearing improper attire

2. Using names incorrectly

1. Neglecting to follow the appropriate dining and etiquette