Why important? - Because nonverbal communication has also cultural meanings and is being interpreted according to the cultural context it occurs. Cultural norms regarding kinesics vary considerably between countries; if you are not familiar with the local body language you might be misunderstood, and sometimes misinterpret the local nonverbal signals.
This can certainly lead to embarrassing and uncomfortable situations. To avoid these situations, I am bringing you a very basic set of gestures. Which I have learnt through a little (or more) of embarrassment!!
Let’s have a look at the basic gestures in India and in France.
You can also shake hands; Men may shake hands with other men and women may shake hands with other women. There are seldom handshakes between men and women because of religious beliefs. If you are uncertain, wait for them to extend their hand.
2. Public displays of affection are not proper.
3. Side to side head/hand wave is frequently interpreted by Indians as "no".
4. Up and down head wave is frequently interpreted by Indians as "yes".
5. Use your right hand only to touch someone, pass money or pick up merchandise. The left hand is considered unclean.
6. When an Indian answers, "I will try," he or she generally means "no." This is considered a polite "no."
7. Pointing a finger at someone would be considered rude.
8. Don’t blow your nose at the dining table
9. In India, persons of the same gender have close physical contact with their friends.
- In India, publicly kissing is not appreciated, while in France greeting friends and family starts with an exchange of kisses (cheek-to-cheek kiss or peck ). However the number of kisses and the side that the kisses start on vary by region.(1,2,3 or 4)
- The French shake hands upon meeting someone for the first time, particularly in the business world.
This is equivalent to the English expression "My foot!"
To indicate that you don't want to continue whatever you are doing, cross your arms in front of your chest, hands up and palms out, then swing them down and out.
• who is tired and wants to go to sleep, or
• who is asleep and shouldn't be woken up
Join your hands, place them on your shoulder, rest your cheek on them, and (optionally) close your eyes.