|Unit 3: Body language And Cultural Differences|
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|Sunday, 08 July 2012 13:48|
Unit 3: Body language And Cultural Differences
A.Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer.
BODY LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
The body language people use often communicates more about their feelings than the words they are saying. We use body movements, hand gestures, facial expressions, and changes in our voice to communicate with each other. Although some body language is universal, many gestures are culturally specific and may mean different things in different countries.
If you want to give someone the nod in Bulgaria, you have to nod your head to say no and shake it to say yes – the exact opposite of what we do! In Belgium, pointing with your index finger or snapping your fingers at someone is very rude.
In France, you shouldn’t rest your feet on tables or chairs. Speaking to someone with your hands in your pockets will only make matters worse. In the Middle East, you should never show the soles of your feet or shoes to others as it will be seen as a grave insult. When eating, only use your right hand because they use their left hands when going to the bathroom.
In Bangladesh, the ‘thumbs-up’ is a rude sign. In Myanmar, people greet each other by clapping, and in India, whistling in public is considered rude.
In Japan, you should not blow your nose in public, but you can burp at the end of a meal to show that you have enjoyed it. The ‘OK’ sign (thumb and index finger forming a circle) means ‘everything is good’ in the West, but in China it means nothing or zero. In Japan, it means money, and in the Middle East, it is a rude gesture.
B. Choose the best answer.
1. It is mentioned in the passage that many gestures __________.
A. may mean different things in different countries
B. are not used to communicate our feelings
C. can be used to greet each other in public
D. are used in greeting among men and women
2. People nod their head to say no in __________.
A. Belgium B. Bulgaria C. France D. Japan
3. In the Middle East, people do not use their left hands for eating because they use their left hands________.
A. when going to the bathroom B. when preparing the meal
C. to put in their pockets D. to clean their tables and chairs
4. Which of the following is NOT true according to the passage?
A. In France, people shouldn’t rest their feet on tables.
B. In Belgium, snapping your fingers at someone is very rude.
C. In China, the ‘OK’ sign means money
D. In Myanmar, people greet each other by clapping
5. The word “others” in paragraph 3 refers to __________.
A. other people B. other shoes C. other soles D. other feet
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