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Can a handshake be "rude" when you first meet someone in your country? Minutes ago I was having a conversation with one of my students and we got into a deep discussion. Does everyone shake hands when meeting someone ? What can you guys tell me about that?
Mar 27, 2019 12:27 AM
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Not sure if it's rude, but it will be awkward if you offer handshake to a lady in my country, because of they are religious in a weird level. 
March 27, 2019

I grew up in the United States, so normally handshakes are the normal thing to do when meeting somebody, but it depends on the person. There are some people who, due to religious beliefs, are not allowed to touch members of the opposite sex, so if you offer them your hand, they will politely refuse to shake it. 

Sometimes in the U.S., however, we are very informal. For example, it's not considered rude if you're at a party and meet a lot of people at the same time, and just kind of wave and say "hi," instead of going around and shaking everyone's hand. In a business meeting or more formal setting, it is generally more acceptable to firmly shake the hand of each person you meet. 

March 27, 2019

One old-fashioned rule of social etiquette is that a gentleman does not offer his hand to a lady for the purpose of shaking hands.
If he is being introduced to the lady, he must wait until she offers her hand to be shaken.

This old convention does not apply in business situations nowadays.


Shaking hands in Canada Is never considered to be rude.
In fact, it is a friendly gesture.



March 27, 2019

Guys I really thank you all! Your comments were pretty much relevant to me. I really aprecciated that. 

There`s just one thing: Julie, you got my attention when you said Americans are informal sometimes. In my country many people believe Americanas are a bit formal most of the times. What`s the real picture? Please tell me Brazilians are wrong! 


March 27, 2019
In Viet Nam it doesnt matter when shaking hands at the first meeting, espectially between or among men. Men can shake hands with women and vice versa. However, seldom do women shake each other's hands.
March 27, 2019
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