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English Programs for Internationals

Shaking Hands

Shaking Hands & Holding Hands

Use your right hand, squeeze firmly, hold for a few seconds, then let go.

Men & Men:

  • Men usually shake right hands when they first meet.
  • Men normally do not hold hands with other men unless they are gay.

Women & Women:
  • Women normally do not hold hands with other women unless they are lesbian.

Men & Women:
  • Men do not usually shake hands with a woman unless she offers her hand first.
  • In a relationship men and women often hold hands in public.

  • Parents or other family often hold hands with their children, and children hold hands with each other.