Your Table Manners Internationally!
you visit another country, it's good to know what
is considered good eating etiquette. What is
considered polite may vary from country to
Eating Etiquette in Brazil
Zanvchett from Brazil
concept of good manners varies a lot when we
compare different cultures, values and ways of
living. However, when we talk about the occidental
part of the world, the differences are not so big.
In my opinion, going to a restaurant in Brazil will
rarely be an embarrassing situation. One good way
to figure out the rules is to pay attention, in a
discrete way, to the people who are eating close to
are some basic and necessary rules of etiquette
that Brazilians usually respect everyday. They
on time is polite, but is not a strict rule in
Brazil. Being late for up to 15 minutes probably
will not make a Brazilian angry.
you go to a restaurant, be careful to greet the
people who work at the place, and don't forget
to greet the people who are already waiting for
you at the table. It's not necessary to hug and
kiss everybody if they are already seated.
can ask somebody about how the food is prepared
and also about prices or tips if you are not
sure about them.
they start eating, Brazilians usually say "bom
apetite" to their friends.
should never talk to another person while you
still have some food in your mouth. Probably he
or she is not interested in what is happening in
noise while eating is also considered really
rude. Avoid doing it.
careful not to put your elbows on the table
while eating. It is not terrible, but it can be
considered a little bit rude by those people who
worry about the time. Usually people in Brazil
stay seated for a long time, especially when
they have interesting things to talk about.
not necessary to talk in a really low voice
because Latin people usually talk a little
loudly. But please, don't exaggerate.
tip is usually is 10% of the total of the bill.
If you didn't appreciate the place, you can
leave less than this.
saying "thank you" and "bye" is always very well
seen in Brazil.
Politely in Italy
Federici from Italy
think that everybody should have good manners when
eating, and basic good manners probably do not
differ very much form country to country. Here are
some do's and don'ts on how to eat politely in
Italy, but all these rules should be obvious from
speak with your mouth full; this is considered
you want to appear polite, you should remember
not to put your elbow on the table.
ever touch your hair while seated at the
careful not to use your fork when taking food
from the dishes.
Italian people one thing is very important: don't
eat spaghetti with a fork and a spoon, but only
with the fork. If you use a spoon, people will
immediately understand you are a foreigner and are
not able to eat correctly.
Politely in Turkey
Barista from Turkey
you come to Turkey, you should learn dining
etiquette before you come if you want to eat your
meal in a polite way. It is better for you to learn
such things as which knife is for which meat. In
daily life, you need to remember these
have good manners in Turkey, first, you shouldn't
speak while you are eating. You must keep your
mouth closed while you are chewing.
a restaurant, be sure not to ask the price before
you begin your meal because it's rude. Always order
your meal before your drink. While your orders are
being cooked, then the waiter will have time to
bring your drinks. We still have some special
notions about eating chicken. For example, while
you are eating chicken, you shouldn't use your fork
and knife, and you can eat it with your fingers.
This doesn't disturb anybody in a restaurant.
we have a lot of rules about eating, nowadays you
can easily observe people, especially teenagers,
eating without paying any attention to these rules.
Since these kinds of people are cropping up in
every restaurant, you can feel free about how you
eat. Enjoy your meal!
Politely in Korea
you ever been in Korea. Koreans usually regard
politeness as a very important thing. If you have a
chance to go to Korea and eat, you have to know
that there are many dos and don'ts.
are some of the basic and necessary rules of
etiquette that Koreans usually respect every
careful not to start to eat before other elderly
people start. You might look very rude.
ever speak out loud with food in your mouth.
eat very fast. Remember to keep peace with other
try not to make noise when you are chewing.
are not supposed to leave the table before the
oldest person finishes his meal.
you don't need to be scared. I think that the most
important thing is to keep respect in mind. If you
keep that in mind that it is important to show
respect, you won't be regarded as rude.
Manners are Important in Chile
Lacayo from Chile
you want to have a great time eating in Chile, you
shouldn't forget some etiquette rules.
you shouldn't forget to raise your right elbow
while you are eating.
have to remember that you can never speak while
you have food in your mouth.
you have to eat with your mouth closed.
Chile you have to cut the meat with the knife in
the right hand, and then you have to change the
fork from the right hand to the left hand to
when you have a lot of forks, knifes and spoons
on the table you have to use the knifes. It's
the same with the spoons.
Etiquette in Japan
Takehisa from Japan
you come to Japan, you'll need to learn some rules
of etiquette for eating. They aren't difficult to
you eat something with people, you'll hear them say
Itadaki-masu. This is said to show gratitude
for the food you eat and to the person who prepared
also hear people say gochiso-sama when they
finish eating. This is also said to express thanks
and to say the dishes were good.
should start to eat your food only when everybody
is seated at the table. We usually have a
conversation at meals, but you shouldn't speak
while you are eating.
you have rice or soup, you should lift each bowl
towards you to eat. I recommend you eat every dish
which you choose because it shows your high regard
Etiquette in Germany
Baerthlein from Germany
traveling to a foreign country, you should ask for
information about dining etiquette there. Knowing
the general rules lets you enjoy your meal at any
place. The eating etiquette in Germany is
different, depending on which kind of event you are
invited to or which restaurant you choose for
you are invitd to a great event, like a wedding or
a very important business meeting, we are supposed
to follow the formal rules of dining
put our napkin on our lap, folded once, opening
to the front.
are supposed to sit up straight and never put
our elbows on the table.
use the many glasses and silverware from the
outside to the inside, according to the course
that is served.
and after drinking, we touch our mouth with the
napkin. It is severely forbidden to make any
noise while eating.
etiquette for casual dining is not that strict.
It's no problem to sit more relaxed and to put the
elbows on the table. Of course, some basic rules
need to be followed, for example, you should never
bring your knife to your mouth, and you should put
your silverware down while drinking.
Manners in Venezuela
Michelangelli from Venezuela
my mother, having good posture at the table and
using each piece of silverware were always very
important. "Sit up straight!" "Keep your elbows off
the table!" are phrases that I'll never
mother also insisted that when you are eating soup,
you should always dip the spoon into the soup until
it is about two-thirds full, then sip the liquid
and never put the whole spoon into your
Etiquette in Venezuela
Ortiz from Venezuela
Venequela, there are some special rules of
etiquette that people usually follow when they are
dining. You need to keep in mind the following
of the guests should talk with just one person.
The conversation should be with everybody. In
addition, it should be related to topics
interesting for both men and women.
a formal dinner, the guest is never served more
than once. The only thing that can be served
more than once is the dessert, the liquor, and
is not polite to refuse a plate. If you don't
want something, just eat a small portion.
is important to know to set the table
first plate (the appetizer) should always be
served on a separate plate.
silverware should be placed in the same order
that it will be used: the first one much farther
away from the plate and the last one much nearer
the plate. The forks or the dessert spoons can
be placed on the table when the dessert is
wine and water glasses are placed in front of
the plate to the right of each guest. The water
glass is on the left side. When we serve the
coffee and liquors, we should bring the bottles
and the glasses on a tray.
as a sign of good taste, we usually offer the
guests a little humid towel with water and lemon
so they can clean their hands, even if they
never get their fingers dirty during the meal.
This should be done after the dessert is
following these little rules, you will be
successful at your dinner, as a guest or as a
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