Speaking from Experience

Going to Europe? Roger Axtell, author of Gestures: Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World ($14.95 at www.mpiweb.org) offers these tips for shaking hands (for more, visit www.worldofculture.com).

  • France — A light, quick handshake is common. When you enter a room, be sure to greet each person present. A woman will offer her hand first.

  • Germany — It is impolite to shake someone's hand with your other hand in your pocket.

  • Ireland — I

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