Here Is How To Greet Someone Correctly In Asia

By Francis Tunwase

Asia is a hub of rich cultures. A strong part of these cultural expressions is the greetings. Many parts of the continent have different ways they exchange pleasantries one with another. These styles and cultures are quite interesting when witnessed. Here are some of the greeting styles for you to introduce yourself and say hello correctly when you are next traveling in Asia.

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Here, as a statement of greeting, men say Sawatdeekrap while the women say Sawatdeekah. Greeting with “Wai” is predominant among the Thais. A Wai is done when someone places their palms together while extending their fingers to the level of their chest. The higher the hands are placed, the more respect is shown. This greeting can mean, “Thank you,” “Hello,” “I’m sorry,” or “Goodbye.”  Monks do not respond to a wai.

With Chinese folks, you can simply shake hands. However, they sometimes prefer to nod or bow rather than shake hands. It is regarded as polite when you greet the oldest person first before anyone else. Do not touch or make any body contact. Also, whistling is regarded as rude.

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You begin by saying “Namaste.” Fold your hands and make a gentle bow of your head and neck, and the people would like you on the spot. There are other words like Namaskar and Pranam which could be used interchangeably with Namaste.

The popular way to greet here is mostly through a bow. It could be accompanied by bending the waist with your eyes closed.

Handshakes also work for a large percentage of Singaporeans. Just give a bow whilst you are at it. And also, make your shake firm.

In conclusion, to win locals’ love, using their native way of greeting would do the magic. These tips will help you get the hang of that, and get any interaction off to a good start.