9781904881667-Perfect FINAL.inddElizabeth Vennekens-Kelly has designed a quiz especially for Expat Bookshop. The quiz is aimed at testing your intercultural competence. Elizabeth is an intercultural trainer/consultant and the author of Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas (Summertime Publishing, 2012).

Post your answers in the comments box below, or send them to theglobalwriter@gmail.com. Feel free to add your own questions to the quiz, or some lesser know facts about your own, or expat, culture.


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Quiz  – The Power of a Few Simple Words

1. Match the greeting with the country:

Greeting Country
Goedemorgen Portugal
Bom Dia Hungary
Bonjour China
Jó reggelt France
Ni hao The Netherlands

2. In all of these countries except one, the nodding of the head up and down signifies, ‘No’, which one?

  1. Albania
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Spain

3. In which country does ‘how are you?’ have the same meaning as ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ because it is a rhetorical question to which a genuine reply is not expected?

  1. Finland
  2. Russia
  3. Ghana
  4. United States
  5. Argentina

4. In which country is it common for people to say ‘good morning’ and ‘goodbye’ when entering and exiting elevators in hotels, office buildings, and so on?

  1. Denmark
  2. Germany
  3. Indonesia
  4. Canada
  5. Somalia

5. Smiling, making eye contact with strangers, for example, when walking down the street is interpreted as friendly in every country.

  1. True
  2. False





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