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Paul Ramirez Period 1 2-13-13

Cultural Etiquette What is cultural etiquette? Cultural etiquette is the expected behavior in another culture. Country Name Flag Spain France Argentina

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For Spanish people, personal pride and individualism are highly valued. Character and breeding are highly valued as well. Modesty is valued over assertiveness. To Spanish people flaunting superiority, intelligence, and ability is not appreciated. Many Spanish people try to project affluence and

The French adhere to The Argentines are very a strong and proud of the country and consistent set of culture. Most Argentines values. They prize are well educated, their culture, history, sophisticated, and like to language, and be viewed as and mixed cuisine. The French and progressive. About had been and are the 85% of Argentinas worlds leaders in populations are from Italy, fashion, food, wine, Spain, Austria, France, art, and architecture. Germany, Great Britain, They embrace Portugal, and Russia. It novelty, new ideas, has been said that and manners. Argentines are Italians who speak Spanish and think their British living in

social position. Their personal appearance and human relationships are very important to the Spanish people. Meeting When meeting and and greeting, people Greeting Spanish people shake hands with everyone present at a business or social gathering. They also shake hands once leaving. Spanish men may embrace each other when meeting (friends and family only). Spanish women may kiss each other on the cheek and embrace. Body Never touch, hug, Language or backslap a Spanish person you dont know. Spanish people usually stand close when talking. They speak a lot with their hand so never mimic them.


At a business or social meeting, French people shake hands with everyone present when arriving and leaving. The handshakes are usually quick and with low grip. Men may initiate handshakes with women. When family and close friends greet each other, they may kiss each other on both cheeks. Do not sit with legs spread apart. Sit up straight with knees together. Your feet should never be placed on tables or chairs. You should keep your hands out of your pockets. Dont slap your open palm over a closed

To Argentines, a handshake and nod show respect when greeting someone. Between friends and acquaintances, an embrace and one kiss on the cheek is common.

Argentines are touchers and stand close to each other when speaking so dont back away. Hitting the palm of the left hand with the right fist means I dont believe what youre saying or Thats stupid.

fist because it is considered an offensive gesture. Corporat Spanish people dont e Culture take punctuality for business meeting seriously, but expect that you will be on time. If you are delayed, call with an explanation. Spanish people will want to spend time getting to know you and establishing before doing business. Personal qualities are valued over technical ability. Helpful Hints When speaking to a Spanish person, expect to be interrupted. Be patient; nothing is done in a hurry. Spanish trademarks are procrastination and delay. Professionalism is highly valued in business and is the key to acceptance of outsiders. France enjoys a skilled, welleducated labor force. Hard work is admired, but workaholism is not. Personal relationships are important and must be developed before business is done. Be prepared for a certain amount of small talk before getting down to business.

Lower your voice a little and behave graciously and you will enjoy a warm response from the French. Try to demonstrate some knowledge of history, politics, and French culture. Dont chew gum in public.

Dont be offended by Argentine humor, which may mildly attack your clothing and weight. Dont compare Argentina with Brazil, which is considered a rival. Always greet officials before asking questions.

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