Iraq Local Customs

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Iraq Local Customs

  • To Kurdi nazani? You don't speak...

    So, what to do if you're not a Kurdish speaker? Well, an obvious second language is Arabic, and if you know even a little, it will be a huge advantage here. There is some reluctance among Kurds to speaking the language of their oppressors, but anyone over 30 will have been taught in Arabic only, and those under 30 who have been to school may well...

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  • To Kurdi dazani?

    Kurdish is the official language of Iraqi Kurdistan, so it is well worth trying to learn a few phrases before you go. A lot of fuss is made of the various dialects (Kurmanji, Badinani, Sorani etc..) which are not mutually intelligible, and two dialects are spoken in Iraqi Kurdistan: Badinani in Dohuk, and Sorani in Erbil and Slemani. In practice,...

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  • Would you like tea....or tea...or tea?

    A chaixane is a teahouse, and these are found on practically every street in every city, town or village. They can range from the simple (a roadside stall with an urn of tea, customers leaning on the wall as they sip) to the sublime (Slemani's Sha'ab Chaixane where poets, artists and writers gather to smoke nargile, play backgammon or dominoes,...

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  • "Smile...you're in my wedding photo!"

    An unusual "custom" in Iraqi Kurdistan is for locals to take photos of and with foreigners. Every time I went to a park or sat near a fountain, I was approached by groups of friends to ask if they could have their photo taken with me, and the few other tourists I met all had the same experiences. Wandering near a wedding hall in Erbil one night, I...

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  • Inshallah, and Never Saying No

    Inshallah means God Willing. You will hear this a lot around Iraq. While it sounds pretty innocent, it basically means Whenever The Hell I Get Around To It! Like alot of places in the world, Iraq time is slower than what you may be used to in Europe or the States. It's a more relaxed time frame to getting things done; this can be a real pain when...

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  • Feet

    In the Arab ME the soles of shoes should not point at someone. It is disrespectful. So if you cross your legs and the bottom of your shoe is pointing at someone they might be upset. Don't ask me, I don't make up the rules.

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  • hand shake

    when greeting men from/in the middle east...you would extend your hand and then lightly touch the mans' hand and then touch your chest....this is a standard greeting...this is not to say you cannot or could not do a 'standard' hand shake....

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  • Alcoholic beverages

    Both of Iraqi Kurdistan's two main factions, the PUK and KDP, have Marxist roots and as a result many people in the city aren't too religious. Alcohol is fairly readily available from shops and you can also drink at some cafes in Suli. Most people seem to enjoy their drinks at home though.A fairly wide range of liquor is available but it seems to...

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