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13 Things You Didn't Realize Were Bad Manners In Other Countries

Like any Brit, the all-new Jaguar XE is exceptionally well-mannered. Here are some international faux pas to help you remain composed in any situation.

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1. In Venezuela, it's considered rude to show up early or even on time.

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Punctuality is interpreted as greediness. Show up 10 to 15 minutes late to be on the safe side.

2. In Italy, it is considered a faux pas to drink a cappuccino after a meal.

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Save it for breakfast — they believe consuming milk later in the day or after a large meal will upset the stomach.

3. In Mexico, it's considered rude for a waiter to bring your bill before you ask for it.

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Planning on dining out in Mexico? Practice "la cuenta, por favor," or you might be waiting awhile.

5. In Japan, it's best never to place your chopsticks upright in rice.

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This is how rice is presented during funeral rites and is considered bad luck.

6. In some places such as India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Africa, it might be best not to eat or pass food with your left hand.

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The left hand is associated with uncleanliness. Southpaws who visit should either attempt to use their right or get used to the occasional side-eye by locals.

7. Don't pour your milk in before your tea in England.

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There's no way to know the strength of the tea by sight. BUT the subject is so hotly debated, you'll either get disparaging "oh, you're a milk-before-the-tea type of person" or "oh, you're a milk-after-the-tea type of person" comments no matter what you do... (Good luck.)

8. In France, it's bad luck to cross over someone else's drink as you are toasting.

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Also, you should make eye contact with each person you toast. (Pro tip: Say "à votre santé" — or "to your health" — to really impress the locals.)

10. In China, one should probably avoid giving a gift with the number four in it.

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The Chinese word for four (四 sì) is very close to the word for death (死 sǐ).

13. In China, it's best to leave food on your plate as a gesture of gratitude toward your host's generosity.

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They might continue to refill your plate should you empty it.

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