Culture – Greeting


This lady wanted her picture taken waving hello.

The last cultural question was how a PNG person answers a negative question. A PNG person responds literally as opposed to Americans who answer the intent of the question. An American would answer the question “Would you not like to come?” as “Yes, I would like to come” whereas a PNG person would answer it as “No, I would like to come”. This can create lots of confusion if you just answer yes or no! We try not to ask any negative questions for this reason.

This week’s cultural question has to do with a traditional greeting.

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