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Phone talk etiquette in different countries explained (infographic)

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Did you know that in Egypt it's common courtesy to make small talk about five minutes into a phone conversation before you actually get to the point? That phones in UK will ring more than six times before going to the answering machine, instead of the typical three or four rings here? Or as chatty as Italians are in person, it is thought impolite to leave someone voice mail longer than half a minute? These and other national phone etiquette peculiarities can be found listed in the slideshow below.

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posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:27 1

1. the_best (Posts: 136; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


The chinese are soo rude!
Thats why usa have to invade!
Who doesnt think a radioactive stoneage future sounds great anyway?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:36 6

3. troutsy (Posts: 279; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Wow, that escalated very quickly.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:50

4. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


he sounds like a world war 2 veteran who hates on other races

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:00 1

10. Alei-Eldeen (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


It's obvious he's joking, I think.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 14:19

17. the_best (Posts: 136; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


yeah its pretty obvius i am joking.. my last comment made that clear, or at least so i thought.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:29 2

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Thailand is up there twice... #4 and #11. Not even different slides; they're the same.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:53

5. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


No one says 'Ta-ta' as a parting remark in Britain. It's 'Ta' short for Thank you.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:59

7. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Also I really doubt if people in India say 'Namaste' anymore. Anyone and everyone I've ever heard say Hello. But of course I'm only speculating here.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:55 4

6. aditya.k (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


India: prefer call over text? I don't think so! And with WhatsApp now, people mostly have forgotten a phone could make calls and send text messages! :P

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:59

8. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


i live in the UK. The only people who use the word "tata" to say goodbye, are mainly the older generation (50s and above). Most people say, 'byyyyyyye, bye bye' or 'catch you laters'.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:52 2

9. Alei-Eldeen (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


In egypt we don't say "ila alikaa' but it's more like "Bye/M'a al-slama"

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:07 4

11. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Am I the only one who thinks this is a stupid infographic? -_______-

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:34

13. marceldy (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


agreed.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:07

14. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


im with you...

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 02:19

18. vivzek (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


yup. It is a joke rather than an infographic.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:08

12. nicholassss (Posts: 351; Member since: 10 May 2012)


All that to set up a don't text and drive PSA. Ha

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:33 1

15. gustavoace (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Here in Brazil we dont say "Who are you?", except for unknown numbers... Some carriers signal are indeed poor, but the 'uh' is used in any conversation, it is like a agreement (short for uhum, that means yes)..

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 13:41

16. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


...And it's not rude not to answer a call, of course some people will get mad at this attitude, but some things must remain sacred, besides you never know what the caller will talk about, maybe you're watching some movie with your BF/GF and a friend calls you for some pointless conversation (and you know it'll be pointless just by looking at the caller ID), so you can just refuse the call.
Also, when the call is important, but at an unfortunate time, we just say "Call me later" or "I'll call you later", or even send a text message saying that you're stuck in the middle of something and can't talk right now, it's perfectly fine, unless you're dealing with an insensitive, thus annoying person who won't mind calling you 100 times until you pick the call. The part of "who are you" exists because many families don't know the concept of a private phone, so they'll treat it like a landline phone, and the 1st to pick the call will talk or direct it to whom it may concern. And there's the crime problem, given by the amount of phone thefts, we gotta ask who's on the other side, if it's an unknown person, then you get to personally meet with the person you wanted to talk to, and chances are the conversation would start with "Can you believe this? My phone was stolen, again! That's why I couldn't keep in touch with you all these days..."

-- Seriously, you don't even need a low-end smartphone to lure thieves and drug addicts to steal your phone nowadays :(

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 05:23

19. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Indians are just starting to have cellphones?? Who is this super-moron?? What about being the 3rd largest telecom market??

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