TAIPEI (The China Post) — Spanish YouTuber Jesus, who has lived in Taiwan for years, often shares what he has learned in Taiwan on his YouTube channel.
In a video released on Saturday, Jesus talked about Taiwanese people’s daily habits, which are considered rude in other cultures.
He called for Taiwanese to pay more attention to these behaviors when going abroad, especially five of them Taiwanese think are polite but are actually rude.
First, Taiwanese people are not used to wiping the bathroom dry after bathing, he said, adding that this will cause inconvenience to the next one who uses the bathroom.
Second, Taiwanese sometimes don’t answer people’s questions. He explained that in Spain if you don’t answer, it means that you ignore the person.
“There is no greater insult than that!” he said.
Third, Taiwanese often answer with “Hah” when they don’t understand what the other person means.
He said that they could answer by asking, “Can you repeat it?” instead of saying “Hah.”
Fourth, the YouTuber said that Taiwanese people like to pick up some food with chopsticks and put it in others’ bowls, which may be considered impolite for foreigners.
Because the plate is a personal space, each person can decide what they want to eat, he explained.
The fifth point is that Taiwanese usually start eating before everyone at the table is seated which is definitively considered as impolite by most foreigners.