• Greeks tend to speak quite loudly and with a lot of emotions.
• Greeks live their lives with an exclamation point.
• Thumbs down is usually considered rude.
• The open hand facing outward is also considered offensive.
• This hand sign (three fingers up, index and thumb touching) is obscene.
WELCOME TOPICS OF CONVERSATION • Passing along a compliment or showing interest in learning more about the impact of Greece in the world
• Anything related to Greece’s history
• The great people and philosophers from Greece
• The distinct Greek Cuisine and drink
• Architecture, the progressive Greek cities, scenery and nature
• Mentioning Manchester or Liverpool is a great ice-breaker.
• Let Greeks bring up the conversation about politics.
• Cyprus and Turkey are touchy subjects as well.
• They do not appreciate the criticisms about their society or daily life by outsiders.
• Anything negative about their food or coffee
• Be prepared for changes and delays.
• Drink ouzo in small doses
• The acceptance of homosexuality is making its way Eastward very slowly.
MARRIAGE WITH AN OLDER WOMAN • Disapproval of a young man falling in love with an older woman
• You must marry a fellow Hellene in order to keep the culture and bloodline going.
• According to many Greeks, it’s considered taboo for the husband to stay at home and watch the kids while his wife works.
• You will never hear somebody utter the word “Macedonia” when referring to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
• Older people don’t tolerate a Greek guy wearing an earring.
• Believe everything you hear
• • • • http://www.greekgateway.com/news/greek taboos http://greece-and-i.blogspot.com/2007/06/dos and-donts-in-greece-part-1.html
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