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你不可不知的他国礼节

作者: 河源翻译公司  发布时间:2017-05-08 13:36:24  点击率:

 每个国家都有其特色的文化礼节,犹如蒙着一层面纱的神秘人,总会引起人们的好奇与猜测。然而,当我们真的去接触时,如果没能彻底了解对方不同的文化礼节,就难免会做错事情,招来别人的反感。话说,你有过这样的时候吗?MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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你不可不知的他国礼节

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By Lindsey GallowayMtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Common sense goes a long way when it comes to learning a country’s proper etiquette. But even the savviest, most observant travellers can make the occasional cultural stumble if they are not careful.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Sam Bruce, a co-founder of the travel site Much Better Adventures, grew up in Hong Kong—yet did not realise until he was much older that in Hong Kong, people should always hand over business cards with two hands. “I had a rather awkward moment where I casually slid my name card face-down across the table to someone at the end of a meeting, when at the very same moment they delivered theirs, bowing, with both hands,” he explained. “What I had done was a big no-no and highly disrespectful.”MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

To discover more of these unexpected missteps, we sought out the advice of users on question and answer site Quora, asking “What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country?” Here are the etiquette rules that surprised us the most.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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In some cultures, giving the wrong amount of an item can be worse than no present at all. “Do not give an even numbers of flowers as a gift. That’s for dead folks,” said Muscovite Katherine Makhalova. “A proper bouquet will have one, three, five or seven flowers.” Odd numbers of flowers are given for happy occasions in Russia, while bouquets of two, four, six, 12 or 24 stems are often brought to funerals.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Even outside of Russia, knowing which digits are lucky—or unlucky—may be important. “Numbers matter more than you might think,” explained Terri Morrison, speaker and author of the Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands series of etiquette books. “In China, the word for ‘four’ sounds very similar to the word for ‘death’, so it is a good idea to avoid giving anything in fours.”MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Similarly, in Japan, the traditional wedding gift of cash should not be given in bills divisible by two: that signifies the marriage could end in divorce. A gift of 20,000 yen, for example, should be given with one 10,000 yen and two 5,000 yen notes —but not two bills of 10,000 yen.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Hands offMtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Many Quora respondents from southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Malaysia, reminded readers to be careful where they touch another person. “Never touch anyone’s head or pass anything from above the head,” said Neha Kariyaniya, a resident of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “It is considered to be the most sacred body part.” Such touch is inappropriate even in informal situations—and also applies to small children, as tempting as rubbing their hair might be for visitors from other cultures.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“This is also very true in Thailand where the head is considered the seat of the soul,” said Morrison. The belief stems primarily from Buddhism, the religion that informs the everyday life of many Thai.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Quora users from across Western Europe pleaded for visitors to avoid striking up conversations with strangers. “Don’t talk to a stranger, except about how bad something is or about the weather,” said Londoner Thomas Goodwin. “Someone made eye contact with me on the Underground once,” joked fellow Londoner Paul Johnson. “Now they don’t have eyes.”MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Other British users also commented on this one, saying that while talking to strangers is not always a negative, it should absolutely be avoided when using the Underground, London’s metro. “Avoiding eye contact is the only way to preserve your sense of personal space,” said Londoner Shefaly Yogendra.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

In addition, the business-oriented nature of some of bigger cities in Northern and Western Europe often emphasises saving time—and avoiding unnecessary chatter. “Business means business in these countries, and any other topic of conversation is a distraction ,” said Morrison.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Just go with itMtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

When it comes to humour, people in some countries warned visitors to roll with the punches . Yucatan resident Alejandro Suarez said Mexico is a place where visitors should feel accepted – not offended – if they are being insulted . “We'll mock, ridicule, insult, pick on and put down just for the fun of it, on a regular basis!” Suarez said. “The best and most warm family dinners are the ones where everyone is laughing their heads off at making fun of someone at the table.”MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

This kind of humour is fairly common across Latin American cultures, Morrison said. Still, she warned visitors to tread lightly when returning the jabs. “Jokes just do not translate well,” she said. “It’s best to avoid them.” One man she interviewed for her books bombed a business meeting when he told a joke in an elevator in Germany. Instead of coming across as funny, he came across as not being serious in a formal situation.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Keep it downMtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Morrison said she was surprised that Quora users didn’t advise against speaking in elevated tones . “A loud tone of voice, particularly in a one-on-one conversation, can be tactless in many cultures,” she said. “In France, it’s truly gauche .”MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

She mentioned that the French use different volumes for different situations. “In a café, you cannot overhear a discussion at the nearest table, even if it is only two or three feet away,” she said. She recommended always mimicing your conversation partner’s volume and adjusting upwards only when needed.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Keeping your voice down isn’t just polite: it may even be safer. According to Morrison, in the 1990s, hidden microphones were discovered in Air France’s first class cabin . Though it was never determined whether the recordings were for espionage or another purpose, the incident was a reminder that, in today’s highly-monitored world, anyone could be listening at any time. “Conversations were, and may be [still], monitored by more than your travelling companions on flights, in hotels and in offices around the world,” said Morrison. A little discretion and self-awareness goes a long way when it comes to safety and privacy on the road.MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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1.学习一国的礼节,就要了解当地常识。common sense:常识;etiquette:礼节。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

2.即使是最见多识广、善于观察的旅行者,也会偶尔因为不了解文化差异而做出不当的行为。savviest: savvy的最高级,聪明的,见多识广的;observant: 善于观察的;stumble: 绊倒。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

3.他解释道:“会议结束后,当我随意把自己的名片朝下,从桌子上滑过去时;对方却弯腰,双手送上他们的名片。那时,我简直尴尬死了。”awkward: 尴尬的。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

4.no-no: 禁忌;disrespectful: 无礼的。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

5.misstep: 过失;Quora: 问答网站,由Facebook前雇员查理·切沃(Charlie Cheever)和亚当·安捷罗(Adam D’ Angelo)于2008年创办。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

6.trap: 陷阱。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

7.even number: 偶数。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

8.odd number: 奇数;funeral: 葬礼。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

9.digit: 数字。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

10.signify: 意味,预示。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

11.yen: 日元;note: 钞票。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

12.hands off: 请勿用手触摸。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

13.tempting: 吸引人的。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

14.plead for: 请求;strike up: 使开始,建立起。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

15.distraction: 注意力分散。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

16.roll with the punch: 大事化小。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

17.insult: 侮辱。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

18.mock: 嘲弄;pick on: 作弄;put down: 镇压;on a regular basis: 经常地;定期地。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

19.她同样也劝告游客们,被开玩笑后要小心处理。tread lightly: 小心行事;jab: 猛戳,这里指被开的玩笑。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

20.elevated tone: 高嗓音。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

21.tactless: 不机智的。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

22.gauche:粗鲁的。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

23.overhear: 无意听到。MtK河源翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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