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Source: medium.com Types of greetings
Source: medium.com
Types of greetings

Giving Flowers

Kiss on the cheeks

Put hands together

Touch nose

Touch each other’s nose

Pat on the shoulders

Hug each other

Lifting a hand

Put hands in a praying position

Bow and shake hands

There is a wide range of greetings around the world. People's tradition can be reflected by their way of greeting. We can observe their history and values from it. There is a large range of greeting all over the world. From handshakes to other strange rituals can be found in different countries. Let's learn how the greetings differ amazingly from place to place.

People shake hands solidly and make direct eye contract in the United States. It means a simple handshake is the normal greeting there. Shaking each other's hand while looking at their eyes is the frequent method. As the US, handshakes are also common in other countries like Britain, Russia and Canada. During the handshake males grapes other man's hands very tightly in Russia. When Canadians first meet, they introduce themselves by starting their name and often shake their hands. Similarly, in the New Zealand most people greet each other by shaking hands. But, the native Maori people of that shows more physical contact bu pressing their nose together in a sign of trust and closeness.

In some Eastern countries, including Nepal and India, people nod or bend and say Namaskar or Namaste joining palms together like praying. Handshakes are also famous in these countries. In Korea and Japan, traditional greeting is bowing. In Japan, it is accepted that the deeper the bow the deeper the respect shown. People prefer to stick out their tongue to greet others in Tibet, which is quite strange.

In other countries, such as Belgium and France , kissing and hugging are common when two people meet. People kiss each other on the cheeks in that culture. In Saudi Arabia, only men might hug and kiss each other on the cheek. Men also shake hands with other men there.

Hence, Greetings vary in different places. These cultures help us to know each other's way of life. It also teach us how to understand a society. Furthermore, learning about other's culture can be a great tool for keeping peace and friendship.



  • There is a wide range of greetings around the world.
  • People shake hands solidly and make direct eye contract in the United States.
  •  During the handshake males grapes other man's hands very tightly in Russia.
  • When Canadians first meet, they introduce themselves by starting their name and often shake their hands.
  • In some Eastern countries, including Nepal and India, people nod or bend and say Namaskar or Namaste joining palms together like praying. 
  • These cultures help us to each other's way of life. It also teach us how to understand a society. 
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This lesson is mainly about the wide range of greeting customs in the world.

In the United States of America , people shake hands firmly and make direct eye contact.

Greetings reflect the people their society and their customs

In Nepal, People people bend or nod and sayNamaste or Namaskar joining palms together as praying.

In Saudi Arabia, men might hug and kiss each other (but not a woman) on the cheek.

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  • A_________can be used to greet someone or to show agreement.

    nod
    hug
    custom
    kiss
  • Getting down on your knees is a______________to honour the dead in this country.

    ritual
    closeness
    range
    suggestion
  • Jimba_______________________his hands towards the women, but she refused to shake it.

    turned on
    stuck out
    depended on
    held on
  • The styles in this store______________from old-fashioned to modern.

    accept
    come
    price
    range
  • Ken hurt his back after his deep________________ to the foreign visiter.

    effect
    bow
    shake
    contact
  • Handshakes are common in Russia.

    False
    True
  • Canadians do not introduce themselves while greeting.

    False
    True
  • Kissing is prohibited in France.

    False
    True
  • People stick their tongue out to greet others in Tibet.

    False
    True
  • Men hug women inSaudi Arabia.

    True
    False
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