Cultural Differences

The Italian model has a sign like a wave, meaning, “Come here.” Greek girls cause problems for non-Greek boys by saying “No” with a nod, not a shake, of their head. In New Zealand you can do one kind of V-sign but never the other. Americans look posh when they look neat; Europeans look posh when they look as if they’ve just come through a hedge backwards. A very fine linguistic example of model difference lies in the way the Irish and the English express themselves. Where the British will say that a situation is desperate but not hopeless, the Irish will say the situation is hopeless but not desperate.


Examples of differences between various European countries in expressiveness.

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