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languagepotato wrote:so, yeah how do you greet people in your country
in Morocco, it's like this:
if they're the same sex:
if you have deep respect for them and/or are elderly: you lift their right hand to your mouth and kiss it.
if you know them very well, either as family or as very close friends: kiss right cheek, left cheek, right cheek, left cheek, while hugging them
if you know them well, but not at 'cheek-kissing'-level: a firm handshake
if you're acquaintances: nod
if they're the opposite sex:
if they're elderly family: the right-hand kissing thing
if they're family, (not counting in-laws): the whole cheek kissing proces
if they're in-laws: hug them
if you know them well, and they aren't family: a firm handshake
if they're acquaintances: nod
all these greetings go accompanied with: salam 3alaykum (peace upon you) or if you haven't seen them in a long time: ahleen
i'll leave the dutch greeting process for another dutch person on this forum
Marah wrote:I've also heard that in Maghreb people ask several times in a row "How are you doing? How is the family doing?" etc
Johanna wrote:our bond is deep enough that it's not necessary to express it outwardly
mōdgethanc wrote:In contact-phobic North America
http://unilang.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=41436&p=950983#p950983linguoboy wrote:Not all of us are as cold-blooded as you mooseloving puckheads.
Among my straight and gay friends, hugging is quite common. Of course, in the Great White North, any sort of physical activity that helps keep us from freezing to death in the arctic air is worthwhile.Among my gay friends, greetings tend to be warm indeed. Generally a hug, often a kiss as well. Non-natives and those who have spent time abroad may perform an accolade à la française, otherwise it's a peck on the check or a kiss full on the lips. For a while there, my buddy Grunter and I, as a running joke, used to go through this elaborate pantomime of falling on each other and making out whenever we ran into each other at a bar.
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