| Even a child knows that nodding the head means "yes". But some people will probably be puzzled when the|
y first come to India. When they talk to an Indian, he often shakes his head. They might think that the Indian
does not like what he said, but on the contrary, he is expressing agreement.
The Indians have a habit of shaking their heads slightly when they talk to somebody. It doesn't mean "No",
but "Yes". If a person doesn't know this, it might cause misunderstanding (误解).
At one time a foreigner in India told his driver who was an Indian to take him to his office. The driver
shook his head. The foreigner said his request again and again and the driver still shook his head. At last, the
foreigner shouted angrily, "Drive me to my office at once!" The driver said in a low voice, "Yes, sir," smiling
and shaking his head again at the same time.
|1. In general, nodding the head means______ and shaking the head means _______.|
|A. "Yes"… "No" |
B. "No"… "Yes"
C. "Yes"… "Yes"
|2. According to the habit of India, if someone agree with you, he will _________.|
|A. nod his head |
B. shake his head
C. neither nod his head and shake his head
|3. Why did the Indian driver shake his head when the foreigner asked him to drive to him to his office? Because |
|A. the Indian driver had something important to do|
B. the foreigner agreed to give him only a little money
C. in India shaking the head means agreement
|4. The foreigner became angry because __________.|
|A. the Indian driver didn't want to send him to his office |
B. he misunderstood the meaning of shaking the head in India
C. the Indian driver asked him for a lot of money
|5. The phrase "on the contrary" means ________.|
|A. 正相反 |