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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in UK?

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We asked people in UK if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"It is important to be aware of the different norms and etiquette in England when travelling. When dining, it is polite to ask someone if they have finished eating before you start, and it is frowned upon to leave mess on the table. Avoid discussing controversial topics, such as politics and religion, as it can be considered impolite. When introducing yourself, it is necessary to shake hands, unless otherwise stated by the other person. Be aware of your language; for example, using racist, sexist or otherwise offensive language is heavily frowned upon. Additionally, it is courteous to acknowledge people, such as in shops or on public transportation, as they pass or when they serve you. Lastly, try to be punctual and respect other peoples’ time," remarked another expat who made the move to UK.

"I once stayed with an English couple and offered to wash the dishes after the meal. They were totally amazed that I scrubbed out the tea pot," explained one expat living in Leeds, UK.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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