Introduction: Respect in the Czech Republic
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Step 1: Introduce Yourself With a Firm Handshake
this is expected during a first introduction
Step 2: Attempt to Learn Czech Phrases
Czechs appreciate when foreigners begin the conversation in Czech before continuing in English
Step 3: Avoid Using Someone’s First Name Without an Invitation
referring to someone with their first name is a sign of friendship
Step 4: Do Not Assume Everyone Speaks English
while much of the young population does speak English, Czechs appreciate if you ask first
Step 5: Refrain From Asking “how Are You?” While Making Small Talk
Czechs are very private and this questions is intrusive to them
Step 6: Bring a Bottle of Wine or Flowers When Visiting a Home
small gifts are the ideal for showing appreciation
Step 7: Remove Your Shoes When Entering a Home
many homes provide slippers for their guests to wear
Step 8: Do Not Expect a Lot of Personal Space
Czechs have a different sense of physical space, so do not feel crowded on the tram if someones tries to get by without saying "excuse me"
Step 9: Give Up Your Seat on Public Transportation to an Older Person or Child
respecting elders is very important in the Czech Republic
Step 10: Avoid Discussing Business
Czechs always separate their business and personal lives
We have a be nice policy.
Please be positive and constructive.