Around the world, people just have their own way of doing things. So it comes as no surprise that certain things that you don’t normally pay attention to, even simple things you do when going to a restaurant or going shopping, might actually be considered offensive or strange somewhere else. In fact, some things that you might find offensive, like yelling or throwing a tantrum in public, might actually be considered polite or normal in another country.
We at Mobonews love looking at different cultures and the things that make us so unique, so we’re sharing this list of how everyday things can be very different around the world. Don’t forget to check out or bonus that shows how language can even change the way you think.
Giving tips to service workers, like a waiter or a taxi driver, can be generous or insulting depending on where you are.
- Generally, in the West, you are expected to give a generous tip. A service worker might even be offended if they believe they were given too little and many places even impose a tip on large parties. Fast food workers are usually an exception to this rule and might even be punished for accepting tips.
- In many European countries, a service fee is already added to your bill, but an additional tip is sometimes expected too. Because of this, customers are expected to pay a smaller tip than their American counterparts. In some places, like England, the service fee isn’t always customary and often does take the place of a tip when it’s imposed.
- In some Asian countries, like South Korea, China, or Japan, tipping is not common, can even be considered an insult to the worker, and should be avoided. That said, some of these countries might get around this by imposing a service fee before work is performed, so that it’s not seen as a reflection of the workers’ performance.
- In the countries of Oceania, like Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, tipping isn’t usually expected or required. Some places, like casinos, might outright ban giving tips.
2. Table sharing
In the West, sitting down at a table with free seats when a family is already there would be considered rude, and while there are some restaurants that have communal tables, it’s often seen as an invasion of privacy. In Japan, however, placing complete strangers at the same table is often done at busy restaurants and is seen as an efficient way to give people their food as quickly as possible.
3. Cheek kissing
- In Latin American countries, it’s often a greeting between friends of the opposite sex or 2 women. A man kissing a male friend like this would usually be seen as inappropriate.
- In some Middle Eastern or North African countries, like Israel and Egypt, a man kissing a male friend is a common greeting, but a man and woman kissing in public is often seen as improper and can even be illegal. There are some exceptions, like Lebanon and Tunisia, where a man kissing a female friend is seen as “brotherly.”
- In southern European countries, it’s often a greeting between friends. Whether there is a taboo according gender depends on the country. Men will kiss male friends in Italy and France, but only kiss female friends in Spain or Portugal.
- Generally, in East Asian countries, kissing in public is seen as inappropriate. Some exceptions where cheek kissing is common include the Philippines, East Timor, and parts of Indonesia
4. Personal space
In the West, giving people personal space is an unspoken rule and it’s very inappropriate to get too close for somebody’s comfort, especially someone of the opposite gender. In some countries, especially ones with large populations like China, personal space is seen as a luxury and people accumulating in large groups is seen as the norm.
In the West, if you go to a supermarket, you generally have to pay the assigned price for an item if you want it. The only way to lower the price, is to buy it when it’s on sale or find a coupon. However, bargaining over the price of an item is considered much more normal in countries like China, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt. In fact, in many of these places, not haggling about the cost of something means you’ll likely get ripped off when shopping.
6. Cleaning your plate
If you are a guest in somebody’s home and you are given a plate of food, do your homework to know if finishing your plate is considered polite or insulting. In China, eating all the food offered to you is seen as a sign that you are still hungry and that your host hasn’t given you enough. In India and Japan, however, not finishing your plate is considered an insult to the host, because you don’t seem to like the food.
- In some places, like Singapore, nudity is illegal and prohibited to the point that there are cases where people can be arrested for being naked in their own homes.
- Some countries are a little more relaxed about this. Hungary is known for its bathing culture and the country is filled with spas. Not only is changing your clothes in public considered normal, the country even has spas that prohibit patrons from wearing bathing suits, since it’s seen as hindering the good the spa will do.
8. Sharing utensils
Some countries, like North and South Korea, have a sort of sharing culture. When it comes to eating out with friends, there’s often a large dish that everyone at the table shares and people might even use the same utensils to share food. In the West, by contrast, this is considered double-dipping and is considered unclean, even for families.
In China, yelling in public is perfectly normal. For example, when you go out to eat, yelling at a server is considered a perfectly acceptable way to get their attention — after all you can’t expect the waiters to read your mind and know what you want. In the West, however, this is kind of considered impolite and disrespectful to employees and people usually just wait for their waiter to come to their table.
10. Throwing tantrums
In the West, a woman might act cutesy or childish when she wants something or just to be coy. In China it’s a whole other art form, where it’s very common to see adult women throw tantrums in public just to get what they want, like a new dress or a present. And this isn’t something that’s simply tolerated: women who don’t regularly throw tantrums like this, to get what they want from their men, are usually seen as unfeminine. In a way, this childish behavior reflects the responsibility a man is expected to have when providing for the women in his life.
Bonus: Even colors aren’t the same around the world!
In many Asian languages, blue and green were traditionally viewed as shades of the same color. In Japan, for example, this caused complications when designing the country’s traffic lights. Technically speaking, the law demands that the light for “go” is green, but the bluest shade possible. On a different note, light blue and dark blue are often considered different colors (arguably similar to how red and pink are considered different colors).
What are some things that you’ve done, that people thought were rude or offensive? Please share with us in the comments!
We may have been denied justice, but we will never keep quiet – Nigerians mark three months anniversary of #LekkiMassacre
Today, 20th of January, 2021 is a sad day for many Nigerians as it marks 3 months since peaceful protesters demanding an end to police brutality were shot at, leaving many wounded and over a dozen killed.
The incident has left a sour taste in the mouths of victims, families and Nigerians who watched the horrid incident that took place on a Tuesday night at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos state.
According to videos shared on that night, military men were seen opening fire on the youths protesting under the #EndSARS banner and causing serious casualties. A case of which Nigerian Army authorities have denied on several occasions, stating that soldiers fired only blank bullets in the air.
Today marks exactly 3 months month since the shooting event of October 20, 2020 and Nigerians have taken to social in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
A look at BBNaija Erica’s comparison of Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof (video)
• After tasting Ghanaian Jollof presented to her by supporters, Erica insists Nigerian Jollof is better.
• The 2020 BBNaija star earlier today traveled to Ghana from Dubai for a meet and greet with fans.
Former Big Brother Naija season 5 Lockdown reality television star cum actress, Erica Nlewedim has concluded on which among Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof tastes better and in other word, sweeter.
You could recall that Erica made it to Ghana earlier today, Wednesday, January 20 after her successful trip to Dubai courtesy of Nigerian-based travel company, Travelbeta.
The reality star utilized the opportunity to meet with her Ghanaian supporters who graced the airport in the early hours of morning to welcome their Star Girl and Queen of Elites.
However, in a video posted via her Instagram story, Erica was spotted with some of her fans who hosted her in a lounge with lots of gifts presented to her.
Also, the Star Girl was served the popular African recipe, Jollof rice which she tasted and confirmed which among Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof is better and probably tastes sweeter.
In her words, “It actually looks very pretty, but Nigerian Jollof is better. Most people already know. You already know Nigerian Jollof is better.
“Let me tell you. No matter how nice it tastes, I will still say it, Nigerian Jollof is better. Well, it’s actually nice, but Nigerian Jollof is better.
Watch video below.
BBNaija’s Lucy reacts after being accused of online begging (video)
• Rumours have made the rounds stating that all the gifts Lucy received from people were as a result of her begging for them.
• The Ex-Lockdown star stated that as long as she knows the God she serves, He will always provide for her and not through begging.
Big Brother Naija season 5 Lockdown reality television star and ex-housemate Lucy Edet Essien has taken out time to retort an accusation by people who claim she begs for gifts.
In a video the reality star posted via her Instagram story on Wednesday, January 20, she mentioned that a lot of people have been saying she begged for all the gifts she received since after BBNaija Lockdown show.
And this could be linked to a recent package the BBNaija star received from someone whom her colleague Kiddwaya gave her phone number. She has also received a cash from her female co-reality star Nengi who according to Lucy, gave her money totalling thousands of naira.
However, Lucy believes the secret to her gifts has been because she’s doing the right thing which is GIVING, hence, the bible verse, ‘give and you shall receive.’
The Cross Rivers State-native added that people should understand that whenever you know the God you serve, you don’t have to beg, because He will always provide for you.
“If you’re getting pissed that I’m getting gifts and all that, have you ever sat down to ask yourself ok, may be she’s actually doing something right, may be she’s actually giving to people.
“I don’t know how you should be expecting that I would come and announce, oh! I gave to this one, I gave to that. Not all of us have that mindset.
“God said that what you’re doing, your left hand must not know. If you give with the right, your left hand should not know. That’s how you get your own reward.
“I don’t see why I have to come and explain to anybody or people telling me, oh! me I’m going around begging.
“All I just have to say is that if you know the God you serve, basically, you don’t have to beg, God would always provide.”
Watch video below.
Opinion: “The Shippers Need To Rest” – Laycon Stylishly Shades Erica Fans in a recent freeystyle rap (Details)
The drama after big brother naija lockdown house seems not want to end soon, as exhousemates keep shading one another in any slightly opportunity given to them on social media.
This time, Laycon has stylishly shades Erica through his Jimmyjump off at Jimmyjat studio. The bbnaija winner and musician said shippers should need to rest, that he got a lot to brag of, but he just decided to stay humble.
However, no one need to tell before you know that he was referring to Erica fans and Erica, because Erica fans are always found of shipping Erica with Kidwaya and Laycon.
Recalled that Erica once said that Laycon doesn’t worth her and she also said that, she don’t want people to google her name and see Laycon with her name. That is why the young musician said that, he got a lot to brag about but he is humble.
In Laycon bars through Jymmyjat jumpoff, he said;
“So the shippers need to rest
There is a lot to brag about but I stay humble
Just let the music speak
And also let the number speak
Am not even at the top but they wanna cry
They keep saying my music won’t pop because of the show
Remember, the Music made me go into the show
I went on the show
Caught cruise on the show
Made money on the show
Made money off the show
Since I won the show
Let’s end the fucking show!”
Reactions As Ozo Pecked And Hugged Nengi In New Video (Watch)
Bbnaija stars, Ozo and Nengi are 2 people that fans want together, right from the days of the Big Brother Naija show, fans always wanted them to date.
Yesterday a video was released online, and it has sparked reactions from the fans of Ozo and Nengi already.
The video showed the moment Ozo gave Nengi a peck on her cheeks, and also hugged her, while she blushed.
This made their fans really happy about it, as it seems like Nengi an Ozo would be in a new show soon.
“There are some guys who can never cheat on their girlfriend, me and 6 others”- Prince says
Big brother naija reality star, Prince Nelson Enwerem, says he is very faithful to his girlfriend.
The reality TV star shared a post by a twitter influencer, telling his followers that there are some men in this world that can never cheat on their girlfriends, unfortunately its only him and six others.
The influencer wrote:
“I know some people will not believe this but there are some guys in this world who can never cheat on their girlfriends”
He retweeted the post with a caption:
Prince Nelson Enwerem is yet to publicly reveal his girlfriend, however, himself and colleague, Dorathy Bachor are very close.
“See how you use a 3month old car” Fans react as Dorathy shares picture of the state of her car. (Details)
Bbnaija star, Dorathy took to her social media page to share a Short clip of the state of her Benz Car which attracted whole lots of reactions from fans on social media.
Dorathy was given the Benz car by her fans on the 4th of November. So the car is just 2 month old and some weeks.
Seeing the state of the car it shows everything some fans were saying some weeks back is true.
Some fans that reacted to this are of the opinion how can somebody use car like this within that short period of time.
Is not everyone that deserves expensive gifts- A fan wrote
Another set of fans that reacted to this are of the opinion she is so careless and also not using the car well or that the car is not good truly.