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Quiz: Have you ever committed a cultural faux pas?

The free online course “Intercultural Communication” begins on FutureLearn soon, to help you appreciate and adjust to different cultures. To mark the occasion, we’re asking you to tell us about any embarrassing moments you’ve had while working, studying or travelling abroad.

An example of a potential cultural faux pas.
Eating dinner can be a tricky business if you’re not aware of certain cultural habits.

When you’re visiting another country – or simply talking to someone from a different culture – it can be easy to commit a faux pas.

faux pas
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.

Take our just-for-fun quiz to find out just how easy it is – how you eat, drink or even smile could get you into trouble in certain parts of the world.

Then tell us if you’ve ever been guilty of these or other social blunders.

Share your cultural faux pas

You can share your faux pas in the comments below and on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FLintercultural. We’ll be collating the best faux pas and offering some advice for avoiding them soon.

Have you ever been guilty of these or other cultural faux pas? Share your blunders in the comments below and on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FLintercultural. Or join the free online course “Intercultural Communication” to learn more about avoiding them.

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