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Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

Date: Mar 09 2007

Themes: Friend

Intro

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There is an infinite number of ways to say hello to someone. Countries and cultures certainly have their own greeting customs, from handshakes (like in the picture) to hugs to kisses. But within each country and culture, there are countless variations, appropriate for different situations.

In the US, in a professional setting like meeting someone for a job interview or greeting a new co-worker, shaking hands is customary. Many people also shake hands in social situations. They shake hands when they are introduced for the first time or when they are saying hello to someone they don’t know that well. But in these same situations, some people just say hi and do not extend their hand.

For closer friendships and family relationships, greetings also vary. Stereotypically, American men are not as affectionate with other men. Even some fathers and sons will simply shake hands, even if they haven’t seen each other for a year. In other families, men hug or kiss each other on the cheek.

Did you see Hollywood director Martin Scorsese win the Academy Award? Many of the men around him hugged and kissed him to congratulate him.

Listen to Mason and Kevin talk about greetings.

Dialog

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Kevin

Kevin

Mason

Mason

Mason:  I don’t know about you…. I, I had dinner with my family this weekend…

Kevin:  OK.

Mason:  And, uh, they’re big on the kiss on the cheek. Like, it’s kind of a family thing for us.

Kevin:  I think it’s nice. I, I do it with many of my friends.

Mason:  Yeah?

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  The kiss on the cheek?

Kevin:  Yeah. Definitely a hug. Definitely a hug. Often a kiss on the cheek.

Mason:  I, I used to be really huggy with my friends, like, my high school friends who I’d known for a long time. But, uh, the new friends, it seems inappropriate now somehow.

Kevin:  Huh. Why, why is that?

Mason:  Um, I don’t know, uh…

Kevin:  I mean, ‘cause you haven’t been friends as long? I mean…

Mason:  Maybe, yeah.

Kevin:  ‘Cause, ‘cause I feel like I have better friends here than I did in high school, with, with few except… I mean, you know, a few exceptions, but… I have some really great friends here.

Mason:  Yeah, I don’t know, um… and also, I mean, like, I don’t, I don’t like to do surface hugs, like, when I go for a hug. It’s… I want…

Kevin:  Bear hug.

Mason:  ... Full body contact, so, uh, I think that maybe scares people, maybe I’m weirding them out.

Kevin:  Not that kind of straight man, like, butt-out hug…

Mason:  The slap-and-hug? The angry war-like hug? No, I don’t…

Kevin:  That really does creep me out. I think, but I think a nice… I think a kiss on the cheek is appropriate.

Mason:  So, can we be hugging friends now?

Kevin:  We can. I mean, it depends on how we feel about it.

Mason:  Hey, you know… cool.

Kevin:  It’s all good with me.

 

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Discussion

Mason and Kevin are both pretty affectionate with their friends.

Kevin always hugs his friends and often gives them a kiss on the cheek.

Mason hugs his older friends, but not his newer friends. If he does hug someone, he likes to give a real hug, not a superficial one.

How do you say hello to your friends and family?

Are men as affectionate as women in your country?

 

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inezaltar

inezaltar

Portugal

Also the heat affects women´s behaviour  and some white women have adapted specially to the climate and has created the Brazilian courtesy handshake which was described from years ago by my father to me

10:26 AM Oct 22 2011 |

inezaltar

inezaltar

Portugal

Brazilian men can be slightly more affectionate traditionally I think than Brazilian women, they embrace with a space and also at times back-pat, that is according to my father, but can also be seen in Portugal, though today they have turned more cosmopolitan. There used to be some rivalry between Brazilian women, or a very light friendly sweetness, with still much formal courtesy. Some ordinary Brazilian women can go to some lengths to help their same-gender friends and try to live up to their latest notions but it is not easy to make friends with them, and need not be that common and even if it exists is often a girls´secret.

10:23 AM Oct 22 2011 |

Cabdirisaq

Cabdirisaq

United Kingdom

I love hugging people. This way i can sincerely show them how i feel. Occasionally i hug my mother especially when i am away for sometime. But hugging is not appropriate in some occasion. You don’t wanna hug a married woman in front of her jealous husband. I think the right time when to hug someone is when you and the other party are really comfortable doing it.

04:57 AM Oct 21 2011 |

katiephung2901

Viet Nam

in my country Viet Nam, people are not usually kiss or hug when they first meet each other. We just shake hands and say hello in the first time we meet

06:42 PM Jun 16 2011 |

foz12

foz12Super Member!

Saudi Arabia

in my country Saudia Arabia some men kiss on cheek and on the head (for the old people who are relative)and hugs ,but excluding cousins and uncle women , the women the same but only her relative I mean not allowed to kiss or even shake hand for stranger man that from our religion of Eslam and we respect that and we agree with it and
I’m with Mason with hugs the older friends not newer I don’t know but I feel that old friend no body will be like them but this is the life

08:45 AM Jan 05 2011 |

mitra.700

mitra.700

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

with my family , we give a bear hug and kiss to each other, both men and women are affectionate in my family. but with friends i normally shake hands and giving hug or kiss in situations that we havent seen each other for a long time is normal.

10:42 AM Dec 11 2010 |

spacedragon

Brazil

i say…hello lol jk here we say iae mano blz ..or fala velhinho tudo emcima or simply tudo bem …......

05:27 AM Dec 05 2010 |

malikya

Pakistan

wonderful.do english more easy use simple word in spoken.

11:40 AM Aug 30 2010 |

green_lea

Viet Nam

we often smile at each other, it's is usually way of saying hello to someone that you do not know very much, but you have to, just for politeness. For closer relationship, there is many way of greeting, we can hug, bounce with exciting or say hi, long time no see, then freely talk about what we want to share about yourself with the other.

03:31 AM Aug 27 2010 |

raj saini

raj saini

India

hi

12:49 AM Apr 27 2010 |

batool899

Bahrain

here in Bahrain – as an arabian country – we usually shake hands and kiss each other on the cheek..

but for sure, women do this with women only ..

for me..i say hello using the same custom..even with my brothers ..

the worse think about this in arabian country is that we take so much time in saying hello to each other..because we say:

salam..

how are you?

how is your kids?

again:

how are you?

what are you doing these days..

so..it might take at least 2 minutes..

 

glad to share this with you guys..

09:24 PM Feb 08 2010 |

hisham3

Egypt

I kiss & hug all of my family. For friends, I just hug hug after a very long time no see, try to avoid kissing because it conveys germs, cold & the flu.

10:23 AM Jun 06 2007 |

Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

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11:14 AM May 02 2007 |

dvat

Viet Nam

In my country people never kiss or hug other, we just smile and say hello.

08:14 PM Apr 27 2007 |

eternal_84

eternal_84

Turkey

ı think that depends on culture to culture.and sometimes depends on person to person,becouse ıt is the way showing ur closeness.for example in my country,in the first seing you shake hands,but ıf u meet ur friend or someone u know well,you kiss them,both girls and boys.

08:22 AM Apr 27 2007 |

lwjolala

lwjolala

China

sorry,I don’t know!~

11:15 PM Apr 22 2007 |

sweetsouh

sweetsouh

Morocco

well! i usually kiss girls & give a shake hand 2 boys! but i always kiss my family members! & hug my closefrds…

06:16 AM Apr 21 2007 |

dr.mido

Egypt

i always hug&give akiss on the cheek but only with my close relatives&my male freinds.

06:06 AM Mar 19 2007 |

keke2000_9

keke2000_9

Singapore

well.i tink is the good way to show how i feel.

12:07 AM Mar 18 2007 |

manterlice

China

i hug my friends seldom,and never kiss them.whom i hug is my closer friends.i shake hand with my friends when we greet.in my country,men isn’t so affectionate as women

12:26 AM Mar 15 2007 |

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