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3.2 Etiqutte in India

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Published: 4.08.2017
Level 2   |   Time: 1:17
Accent: American / Indian
Source: Top Notch TV

Mr. Rashid teaches Paul about etiquette in India.


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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • etiquette [n] - rules of being polite/courteous
  • rude [adj] - not polite/courteous
  • insult [v] - do or say something rude
  • a gesture [n] - an action with your hand
  • your chin [n] - the bottom of your face

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective

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Mr. Evans Paul Rashid
Mr. Evans Paul Mr. Rashid
  • Mr. Evans and Paul all work in a travel agency called Top Notch Travel.
  • Mr. Rashid is a client.

triangle Questions

  1. Top Notch Travel just finished working with a group from India.

  2. Mr. Rashid has been to India many times.

  3. Mr. Rashid is going to teach Mr. Evans about etiquette in India.

  4. Mr Rashid says that Indian women and men usually don't touch each other.

  5. Mr. Rashid tells Paul not to shake hands with women in India.

  6. Waving your hand in India means, "Go away!"

  7. Paul's gestures would be considered rude in India.

  8. Mr. Rashid suggests pointing with your finger.

  9. Paul stands too close to Mr. Rashid.

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Mr. Evans: Paul, we have our first group from India coming next week. Since Mr.
Rashid has traveled to India many times, I’ve asked him to talk to you about etiquette in India. Mr. Rashid?
Mr. Rashid: Paul, why don’t you greet me as if I were an Indian tourist? Ask me to come with you and show me to the tour bus.
Paul: OK. Hi, there! I’m Paul.
Mr. Rashid: If I were an Indian woman, you would have just insulted me. Women and men generally do not touch.
Paul: OK. Uh, hi, there.
Mr. Rashid: You just told me to go away.
Paul: Oh, I’m sorry.
Mr. Rashid: Oh, too close. You should stand this far away from someone. Instead of shaking hands, do this and say “Namaste.”
Paul: Namaste.
Mr. Rashid: Excellent. Now tell me to come with you to the tour bus.
Paul: OK. Come with me.
Mr. Rashid: This is a rude gesture in India. Do it like this.
Paul: Come with me.
Mr. Rashid: Good.
Paul: to the bus over there. I know. I’ve just insulted you.
Mr. Rashid: Pointing with your fingers is considered impolite. Use your chin instead.
Paul: to the bus over there. I’m never going to get this.
Mr. Rashid: You’re doing wonderfully.
Paul: Oh, thank you, Mr. Rashid.
Mr. Rashid: Oh, too close.