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Friday, 29 October, 1999, 16:02 GMT
Quiz - culture clashes


Are you a culture buff who knows his way around the world's business,
or are you about to scuttle your company’s hopes for a juicy deal?

 


1.
You have nearly closed the sale and your Turkish client is nodding her head. What do you do?
a) Reach for your pen
b) Agree with her and laugh encouragingly
c) Ask her if there is a problem
d) Point to the dotted line on the contract
 

2.
The joining of the index finger and the thumb to form an 'O' means 'OK' in the USA and 'money' in Japan. What meaning does it have in Tunisia?
a) You are very attractive
b) I will kill you
c) You are an idiot
 

3.
What is buying flowers for a Chinese woman a sign of?
a) Marriage or engagement
b) Friendship
c) Affection
 

4.
Folding arms is a sign of arrogance in which country?
a) Spain
b) Finland
c) France
 

5.
You have a 2pm meeting appointment with an Arabic businessman. What time do you arrive?
a) At least an hour early
b) 2pm on the dot
c) Any time up to 2 hours late
 

6.
When do you shake a German businessman's hand?
a) Only when you are first introduced
b) Every time you meet as a sign of politeness
c) At meetings
 

7.
Whilst conducting business in Germany you attend a meeting with Herr Klaus Meier, whom you have met previously. How do you address him?
a) First name - Klaus
b) By the position he holds in the company
c) Herr Meier
 

8.
What's the meaning of "Vous recevrez la commande éventuellement"?
a) You'll receive the order eventually
b) You will have the command eventually
c) You will have to commend it eventually
d) You may get the order
 

9.
What's the meaning of "El estará preparado para todo"?
a) He will be ready for everything
b) He will prepare everything
c) He will stay with everything
d) Everything will be prepared for him
 

10.
What's the meaning of "Das ist ja ein schöner Mist!"?
a) What a lovely mist!
b) What a drag!
c) That's what you have missed!
d) Missing you already!
 
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See also:
10 Jul 98 |  The Economy
Surviving the business culture clash
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