Urrrp. Excuse me. Leandro needs your help with a Science Fair Project (on –what else? –burping)

1 Apr

Dear Hot, Cheap & Easy Readers,

This is Leandro. I am doing a Science Fair Project on burps.

I would like to know if it is polite or not to burp at the dinner table in different countries. Can you comment here about it? Don’t forget to tell me which country!

Thank you,


(The project is due Saturday, April 6)

The Mad Scientist at work

The Mad Scientist at work

We got some ideas from Kymberlee Fernandes….Thanks Kymberlee!


40 Responses to “Urrrp. Excuse me. Leandro needs your help with a Science Fair Project (on –what else? –burping)”

  1. SAMANTHA BELAIR April 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I Leandro I’m from HAITI . Its not polite to burp at the dinner table in Haiti , but when it happens you have to say sorry.

  2. David Auerbach April 4, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Leandro,

    We live in Puerto Rico, and you’ve even been to our house. It’s not polite to burp at the dinner table in Puerto Rico, but sometime it happens, and usually everyone laughs.

    David and Sean

  3. mona-lisa malm April 4, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Hello Leandro:-D here in sweden its not polite to barp around a dinnertable or in a resturant ! Good luck with your projekt .// mona

  4. Annika Wendt April 4, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Leandro! It’s your Titi Nikki here. 🙂 In Sweden it is considered rude to burp at the table! If you do burp you would say “ursäkta mig”, which means excuse me. Good luck with the project! We miss you!

  5. neftali aria April 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi leonardo.
    In my country burp out infront of other people is disrespectful. If you do it, you have to say perdon or disculpa.

  6. Cynthia April 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    HI Leandro,

    In Germany, where I lived for 3 months, it is okay to burp. It is a sign that it is a good meal. Good luck on your project!


  7. muhammadraza334@gmail.com April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    hey Leandro.I am Muhammad your mom’s student. I am from Pakistan. Now a days the people who burp out loud are considered to be uneducated,having no etiquette and not caring about people around them but in the old times no one really cared about it. hope i helped you….. Best of luck 🙂

  8. Yazid Elbhloul April 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    After burping we say Alhamdulilah .If somebody burped she or he should not apologize because this happend suddenly
    out of person control.


  9. muhammadraza334@gmail.com April 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Hey Leandro, I am Muhammad your moms student!! I am from Pakistan well the people who burp out loud are thought to be uneducated,having no etiquette and they don’t know how to conduct them selves in public but still people burp real loud not caring what people think of them.
    Best of luck!!

  10. Mad Dog April 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    It’s not polite to burp in England, but I do remember that Frank Zappa sampled his nephew burping and used it in some music 😉

  11. Bluejellybeans April 2, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Well, it is not polite to do it in Panama or Spain. But accordingly to Wikipedia, in the right context, it is acceptable in china and India. Good luck to Leandro 😉

  12. Kararo April 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Bye, Kassy

  13. Barbara McArdle Brady April 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Dear Leandro,
    I was brought up by a Finnish mother and a Finnish grandmother and was always told that burping was extremely rude.

    For this reason, I was both shocked and amused to find out that Amish people feel it is impolite NOT to burp or belch after a meal.In the Amish world, burping shows that you enjoyed the food and it is also a way to thank the person who prepared the meal.

    Please let us know the results of your survey. You picked a very unique and interesting topic !!!!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 2, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      Thank you. That was interesting. I didn’t know that about the Amish. We were in Pennsylvania once. Leandro

  14. Susan at Savvy Single Suppers April 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Dear Leandro, In Canada . . . at least for those of us descendent from the United Kingdom (English/Irish/Scottish) burping at the table is in very poor taste. Think of Queen Victoria and her famous quotation, “We are NOT amused.”
    But I can tell you that in the home I grew up in . . . there was a lot of burping! It was still considered bad manners to do so at the table . . . but mostly when we had company in or were out to dinner! “Family casual” would include some burping contests. But I had brothers. That may have been the root of the issue ;-)!
    Good luck with your project and thanks for including us. I would love to learn about your survey results.
    Susan @ Savvy Single Suppers

  15. Alejandro April 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    hey Leandro,
    My mom tells me its rude to burp at the table but sometimes a little burp pops out anyway and I laugh.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      Thank you. That is very funny! You are my best friend! I am sorry I didn’t get to see you on Friday. I hope we can see you soon. Leandro

  16. thewindykitchen April 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    impolite in Romania as well. it was a bit of a culture shock for me when I moved to the US to hear people burp loudly in public. in Romania people do it more subtly if they cannot stop it. good luck with the project 😉

  17. Ellen Kresic April 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Dear Leandro, You may not remember me from camping in Montauk 2 years ago, but I remember you! You and your mom came and sat around our fire and made s’mores with us. In the USA it is mostly seen as impolite to burp at the table. Unfortunately, sometimes it just happens, in which case a quick, “Excuse me! ” is always in order. Hope to see you and mom again!

  18. Nancy Buffington April 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    hi Leandro. I’ll be going to Ethiopia soon and I promise I’ll find out. My sister’s going too, and she burps a lot.

  19. Eileen Fredes April 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I have heard people say that in some countries it is considered a compliment to the chef to burp, but definitely not in Chile, where my family is from… it’s considered very rude and you are expected to say excuse me if one slips out… good luck with your project – I hope it wins a prize!

  20. Pavel (Paul) Kucera April 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Leandro, this is Pavel (Paul) from Prague, the Czech Republic. Burping at the dinner table is considered rude here.

    But, I have seen on the net that “India, Turkey and some Middle Eastern countries and even in parts of China it is considered good manners to burp after a meal. It’s a sign of appreciation and satiety.”

  21. Conor Bofin April 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Not very polite here in Ireland. Not that it stops my daughters…

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Leandro says: That’s funny. Thank you for helping me with my project. What are you supposed to say in Ireland after you burp?

      • Conor Bofin April 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

        “Pardon me” or “Excuse me”.

        Not for the project:
        I have been known to say “better an empty house than a bad tenant.”

        Kids have a rhyme too:
        Pardon me for being so rude
        It was not me, it was my food
        It just came up to say hello
        Now it’s gone ack down below

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

        That was very funny! Thank you for telling me that.

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