Culture Clues: When yes means no

In Indonesia, China and Japan, there is often the effort to try to avoid saying ‘no’ directly to a person for fear of appearing rude, defiant or offending the other person’s ‘face’ (personal integrity). Saying ‘yes’ is much preferred, even though it is actually a ‘no’. Therefore, if unsure whether the ‘yes’ is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, it is best to repeat the request, then follow up.

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Culture Clues: Turkey

In Turkey, there is an expression that is equivalent to “buyer beware.” Kurtlu baklanin kor alicisi olur literally means “The buyer of rotten beans is the blind man.” When doing business in Turkey, it is your responsibility – not the seller’s – to thoroughly check out the goods before you buy.

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