upright [ˈʌp,raıt] — vertically

to insult [ɪn’sʌlt] — I did not mean to insult you

an insult [‘ɪnsʌlt] — His behaviour was an insult to the people



shake hands
shake hands


wear a kilt
wear a kilt








1. In China, when you use chopsticks you shouldn’t leave them upright in the bowl. It brings bad luck.

2. In Sweden, if you drink and drive, you have to go to prison for six months.

3. In Argentina, when you get on a train you should shake hands with all the other people in the carriage.

4. In France, you are not allowed to call a pig ‘Napoleon.’

5. In Scotland, boys have to wear a kilt to school.

6. In Brazil, you should never make the ‘OK’ sign with your thumb. It is very rude.

7. In Germany, every office must have a view of the sky.

8. In the Middle East, you shouldn’t admire anything in your hosts’ home. They will feel that they have to give it to you.

9. In Singapore, you mustn’t eat chewing-gum. It’s against the law.

10. In India, you shouldn’t thank your hosts at the end of a meal. It is an insult.

11. In Japan, women mustn’t wear trousers to work.

12. In the UK, parents don’t have to send their children to school. They can teach them at home if they prefer.

13. In Russia, men should take off their gloves to shake somebody’s hand.

14. In Iceland, you mustn’t take dogs into the city centre.

15. In Thailand, you shouldn’t touch a persons head (even of a child). The head is sacred.

16. In Australia, women mustn’t sit on the top floor of a bus, only downstairs.

17. In Samoa, it is against the law for a man to forget his wife’s birthday.

18. In Switzerland, you aren’t allowed to clean your car or cut the grass on a Sunday.

19. In the USA, you shouldn’t tip taxi drivers. It is considered an insult.

20. In Italy, if you give flowers you should give them in odd numbers, e.g. 1,3,5,7, or 9. It is bad luck to give, for example, two flowers.

Read the phrases and choose Manners or Law

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Manners — a way of behaving that is considered to be polite in a society or culture.

Make sentences with should, have to, must

• You should/shouldn’t … (for manners)

• You have to/mustn’t … (for the law)

  • Strange laws and customs
  • Manners or law?