In a recent post I wrote about cider as well as giving you the ‘speak like a native add-on’ – how to order a pint of cider. This immediately reminded me of a cultural faux pas.
Did you know that when a Brit, generally speaking!!!!!, counts and he shows his fingers to gesture he would start with the thumb (1) and then point with the index finger to represent – you’ve guessed it 2. Hence, ordering two ciders is done by showing the outstretched thumb and index finger closely followed by ‘Two pints of cider, please mate”.
Get to the point man! Well, I most often see Germans ordering two beers by using the outstretched index and second finger aka flicking the ‘V(ictory)’ sign. This is important because this hand gesture/sign means ‘get lost’ ‘piss off’ to a Brit – need I say more! For more details about rude hand gestures, why not check out the following site & watch the short vid.
What cultural faux pas have you come across in other countries? faux pas (Fehltritt), to gesture (gestikulieren), index finger (Zeigfinger), hence (deshalb), outstretched (ausgestreckt), mate (Kumpel), to get to the point (komm endlich zur Sache), ‘get lost’ (hau ab) ‘piss off’ (verpiss dich), rude (unhöflich), hand gesture (Handzeichen), to come across (auf etwas stoßen)