Subject: Re: Learn the lingo
Hello John, and fellow Ziners,

When I was in Costa Rica a native of that country was speaking about someone who was very well to do. A visitor from North America, while listening to the story, rubbed his thumb and next two fingers together to indicate wealth. The conversation immediately stopped as the story-teller strongly explained that rubbing the fingers together is a crude, sexual comment. It seemed almost repulsive to him to address the situation.

Also, nodding the head up and down does not mean 'yes' in all countries.

So far, I've found that a smile and a willing nature are positively effective everywhere ... well, not always in North America!

Cheers to all, Linda from SW Ontario