Are you polite enough to eat around the world?

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Different countries have different dining customs. Do you know how to avoid being offensive at the dinner table, no matter where that table is?

Question 1 of 12

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You've ducked into a ramen shop for a quick bite after walking around Tokyo. The noodles are delicious. How do you let the chef know?

Slurp up the noodles to indicate how delicious you find them. In addition to the compliment to the chef, slurping is believed to increase the soup's "deliciousness."

Question 2 of 12

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You're in Russia for a wedding, and you've been asked to pour the vodka. How should you prepare the drink?

Vodka should always be served in a shot glass and neat. Mixing vodka with anything other than beer is considered a faux pas as it diminishes the purity of the drink. Also, since you're pouring, be sure to set up your shot last.

Question 3 of 12

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Chopsticks standing upright in a bowl of rice
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Turns out that the ramen from Tokyo wasn't enough, so you ordered some sushi and rice. You've misplaced your chopsticks holder and just stuck the chopsticks into the rice bowl. Why is this a chopstick no-no?

Unless that bowl of rice is intended for a funeral altar, don't place your chopsticks upright in the bowl. While you're at it, don't make an X over your plate with the chopsticks either for the same reason.

Question 4 of 12

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You've enjoyed a few cups of coffee with a Bedouin host. How do you signal to him that you've had your fill of java?

A Bedouin host will keep refilling your cup until you tilt the cup a couple of times at your host as they move to pour you more coffee.

Question 5 of 12

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You're out for dinner with some French friends and enjoying some bread with the cheese course. However, there's no plate for your bread to sit. What do you do?

Just put it on the table. You won't look uncivilized at all.

Question 6 of 12

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spicy chicken curry and rice on dish
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You're sitting down for a plate of curry in Thailand. It smells delicious. How do you dig into the dish?

Use your fork to push food into your spoon and eat your curry that way. Eating food off your fork could be considered the equivalent of eating food off a knife.

Question 7 of 12

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You're visiting a group of friends in England, and your host has brought out a bottle of port. She decants it and asks you to make sure everyone gets a glass. How do you go about doing that?

You need to pass the bottle to the left. No one knows why any more, but it's considered an etiquette misstep if you don't. If the bottle stops at you and someone asks, "Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" and you have no idea who that is, they'll say, "He's a terribly good chap, but he always forgets to pass the port." So always keep the port moving.

Question 8 of 12

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In Delhi, you're enjoying a serving of mattar paneer, but you're getting full. What do you do?

Not finishing your food is considered to be the peak of wastefulness, so make sure you're served only what you can eat.

Question 9 of 12

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A full fish cooked in spices and vegetables, Chinese style
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You're visiting Hong Kong and have just finished half of a fish. You're ready to enjoy the other half. How do you proceed?

Whatever you do, don't flip the fish. Chinese superstition states that flipping the fish is like a fisherman's boat flipping and thus is bad luck.

Question 10 of 12

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Men eat from a dish of qurutob with their hands
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You're backpacking through Tajikistan and for dinner you sit down for some qurutob. How do you eat it?

In the Middle East, parts of Africa, India and other countries in Southeast Asia, dishes you eat with your hands should be consumed with your right hand. The left hand is used for cleaning yourself, so it should never get near the food.

Question 11 of 12

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You're dining out in Lisbon, Portugal, and you think the need dish needs a touch more salt and pepper. However, there are no shakers on the table. What do you do?

Whatever you do, don't ask for extra seasoning or condiments. If you do ask, you're basically saying you know better than the chef, and chefs are well-respected people in Portugal.

Question 12 of 12

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You've invited one of your friends out to dinner while in Paris. Who pays?

You invited, so you pay. It is understood, however, that the next time you both go out, your dining companion picks up the check.

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