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Are there any cultural differnce in body language?

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:07 am
by (apple)Parkwonho
In Korea, when we shake hands with elder people, we lower our head.

It means respecting elder people in Kore, but not in other countries.

Are there anything more example?

Re: Are there any cultural differnce in body language?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:26 pm
by apple-anyumi
There are countless differences in each countries' body language.

When we make a circle with a thumb and an index finger and spread out other three fingers, it means 'Ok, I got it'.
But in Brazil and some countries, it means bad and offense.

Also we frequently make a 'V' shape with an index finger and a middle finger, and we don't care if its back faces us or not.
But in some countries, if its back faces other person in front of us, it also means bad and offense.
So use body gestures carefully when you are out of Korea. :D

Re: Are there any cultural differnce in body language?

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:49 pm
by [sixzero7]KimWonJu
Shaking hands shows us the difference.
In Korea, when people meet at first time, they usually make a bow.(suppose that they are similar age)
Shaking hands is optional. In western culture, shaking hands is mostly needed. They dont bow each other.

Re: Are there any cultural differnce in body language?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:59 pm
by (Starbucks)Young Il Seo
I know the one difference in body language btw Korea and U.S.

The situation is when we want somebody to come.
In Korea, we wave our hands with finger downwards. But, in America, when they call people with gesture, they wave their hands with finger upwards. In our(Korean) perspective, their behavior seem to be somewhat disrespectful because we often use that body language when we call the dogs. But, it is just a cultural difference and we shouldn’t think their body language as rudeness.