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Beginner’s guide to Latin

Last week, Latin became the 133rd language to be added to uTalk, our app for iPhone and iPad. (Don’t have an iOS device? You can also learn Latin on your computer.)

And to get you started with Latin, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide with a few essentials – some basic greetings, colours, numbers and parts of the body, along with some Latin phrases we still use in everyday English. As always, please feel free to share!

Beginner's guide to Latin

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How to greet people from around the world

Have you ever experienced that awkward moment when you go in for a kiss when the other person goes in for a handshake and you end up with a punch in the gut? Here is our guide to greetings around the world so you don’t end up in that awkward situation:

The UK/North America

  • If you haven’t met the person before then it’s best to go for a simple handshake.
  • If you’re attempting to look stylish, or you’re at an impressive event, then you can kiss them on both cheeks.
  • If you are meeting a friend then a friendly hug or a kiss on each cheek is allowed.


South Korea

  • The bow is the traditional Korean greeting
  • When men are meeting someone they know they shake hands, however this does not happen between different genders.
  • Korean women will not shake hands with Western men.
  • Western women, however, may offer their hand to a Korean man.


  • When meeting a girl you can kiss them, one on each cheek.
  • Men stick to handshakes.

The Netherlands

  • The handshake is very important, you shake everyone’s hand on arrival and again when you are leaving
  • When meeting up with a friend it is normal to kiss three times on alternate cheeks.


  • It is normal to kiss everyone of the cheek, just once and always the right cheek


  • In Thailand you greet someone with the ‘Wai’, this is when you press your palms together in a prayer pose, and bow your forehead to touch your fingertips. The higher your hands, the more respect you have for the other person.


  • A typical greeting is when you place your palms together in the prayer position and bow slightly, and say ‘Namaste’.
  • However, when Indian people meet a Westerner they will shake their hand.


  • You no longer have to do the cupped-hand bow; it is now acceptable to do a handshake. If you are in a formal situation, then out of respect you should lower your head.


  • When they are meeting someone they rub their noses together.



  • It is very polite to stick your tongue out at someone; it shows you have no evil thoughts.