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Old 02-06-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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In your part of the world, how do visitors arriving at your house announce themselves? America has door-bells, and absent a bell, by knocking on the door with knuckles.

Here is central Philippines (Visayas), they stand outside the gate and call out "I-O". Small children, more respectful, call "Mom", which is the Philippine pronunciation of "Ma'am".

As I recall, in Africa, they clap their hands once or twice, but I'm not sure how widespread that is.
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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In both Canada and Australia it's exactly like it is in the States. In Malaysia, I lived in a gated community so any visitor would have to go through the "watchman" first.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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In both Canada and Australia it's exactly like it is in the States. In Malaysia, I lived in a gated community so any visitor would have to go through the "watchman" first.
We are gated, too, but our neighbors who come to call are already through the gate when they decide to drop in. People selling things have no trouble getting past the watchman, apparently.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Some people in developed countries also might call ahead and announce when they will arrive. Then they are expected, and often they don't need to ring the bell or knock on the door. The host just look out for them.
That's the way I prefer too.
I might not answer the door to people who decide to stop by unannounced...
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:32 AM
 
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Most people call ahead to coordinate their visits. Upon arrival, then they ring the outer doorbell in Western countries from my experience.
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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In America, doorknockers, the one pictured below is a typical style, are also popular.


Source:http://www.directdoorhardware.com/as...ldwin/0102.jpg
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I usually pull up in front like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7vANMggH9I
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Where are you people? I lived in the US for most of my life, and I can't recall a single incident in which a neighbor phoned me before coming to my door. I doubt if any neighbors even knew my phone number.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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We are gated, too, but our neighbors who come to call are already through the gate when they decide to drop in. People selling things have no trouble getting past the watchman, apparently.
Could be a different setup. Where I lived, you would get an intercom call from the gate announcing that you have a visitor. No one got through unless the watchman decided to let them pass.

There was a major robbery that took place at one point. I don't remember if the case ever got solved.
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Where are you people? I lived in the US for most of my life, and I can't recall a single incident in which a neighbor phoned me before coming to my door. I doubt if any neighbors even knew my phone number.
Well, that's you.
People who I WANT to see have my phone number. My house isn't an "open house".
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