Body language is an important part of every language. This body language, however, is interpreted differently from culture to culture.
An American-style smile, for example, is big and friendly. Almost all Americans are never afraid of showing their teeth. They don’t cover their smile with their hands because they think that such a gesture is a silly thing to-do. In fact, putting the hand in front of mouth when laughing is considered impolite. It means that you are making fun of the other person.
When speaking, Americans do not close their eyes. This eye contact is very important in the State. Almost all of them believe that ‘honest people look at you directly, dishonest people look to the side, and embarrassed people look down’. If you close your eyes while talking with them, they will think you either bored or asleep.
Indonesian people has a friendly eyes and a warm smile (usualy not showing their teeth). You can’t judge a book by the cover. Isn’t it right? How about yours? Hehe 😀