Test: Wie sicher sind Sie im Umgang mit internationalen Gästen?

Culture Quiz


Andere Länder, andere Sitten.
Test your intercultural competence with this quiz.





1 When going on a business trip to the USA, always take lots of small gifts to give to new business partners.
2 When dining in Britain, always hold your fork in your righthand.  
3 Northern Ireland belongs to England.
4 When talking to business partners in the USA, it is okay to ask about their family.
5 If you know someone personally, you don’t usually make small talk.
6 When you introduce yourself, always use your full name.

7 In Britain, you take a bottle of champagne to work on your birthday.

8 If you are having dinner with guests and have to leave the table, put your napkin on your chair.

9 If someone says “how do you do”, you can answer “fine thanks, and how are you?”

10 If you give someone something and they say “thank you”, you can answer “cheers”.


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1 - false. In the USA it is unusual to give gifts of any kind during a business relationship.
2 - false. Always hold your fork in your left hand with the tines pointing down.
3 - false. Northern Ireland is a part of the UK (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
4 - true. North Americans enjoy talking about their families.
5 - false. Even if it’s only an ‘Everything OK?’ small talk is an important part of business communication.
6 - true. Either your full name, or your first name. Saying only your family name would be most unusual.
7 - false. In Britain your colleagues invite you out for a drink on your birthday.
8 - true. You can also put it next to your plate.
9 - false. The correct response is ‘how do you do’ or ‘pleased to meet you’.
10 - true. People who know each other well often say ‘cheers’ instead of the more formal ‘you’re welcome’.