Senegalese culture dating

If you have recently arrived in the country, you can ask about the origins of certain festivals or where a certain dish comes from and how it is prepared.

Avoid asking any personal questions that might lead people to believe that you are indiscreet and keep to general topics of discussion.

When I first arrived in Canada, someone told me, much to my surprise, that I touched people a lot.

If you know the person well, the handshake should be more enthusiastic and you could also pat the person on the shoulder.

He/she might even continue to hold your hand throughout the conversation.

However, in Senegal this same gesture is not well viewed and often may make people think that you are arrogant.

Senegalese culture dictates that you should lower your gaze when talking with older people.

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