Common courtesies

Common courtesies

 

Common courtesies
Nepalis grow up surrounded by other people , they like to be with others, and will assume you do too. As a foreigner, you'are likely to be an object of curiosity to anyone who rarely has the chance to travel far, and you may be joined in the stret or on the trail by someone who just wants to chat. Nepalis will constantly befriending you, wanting to exchange addresses, teake photos and extracting solemn promises that you will write to them.
Giving the Nepali greeting, namaste("salute the god within you"), your palms held together as if praying, is one of the most attractive and addictive of nepalese customs. it isn't used freely or casually: think of it as "how do you do?" rather in "hello!" if you want to show great respect, namaskar is a more formal or subservient variant.
Another delightful aspect of Nepali culture is the familar ways Nepalis address each other: it's well woth learning didi("older sister"), bahini("yournger sister"), Daai("older brother"), Bhaai("younger brohter"), buwa("father") and aamaa("moter") for the warm reaction they'll usually provoke. To be more formal or respectful , just add ji to the end of someone's name, as in "namaste, naba-ji".
The word Dhanyabaad is usually translated as thank you but youll rarely hear it, except in urban or tourist areas. it is normally reserved for an act beyond the call of duty-so if you feel you have to say something, "thank you" in English widely understood.
The gesture for "yes" and "no" are also confusing. To indicate agreement, tilt your head slightly to one side and then back the other way. To tell a tout or a seller "no" hold one hand in up front you, palm forwards, and swivel your wrist subtly, as if you were adjusting a bracelet, shaking the head in the western fashion looks too much like "yes". To point use the chin, rather than the finger.
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