Individuals can show respect to cultures different than their own by educating themselves about the culture's ideals, opening their mind to new ideas and taking part in activities that are meaningful in the people's lives. Those people who take the time to educate themselves about what a culture considers offensive know what activities, phrases and gestures should be avoided and which ones are considered polite.
An individual who is willing to participate in another society's important activities is showing the people that he or she respects the fact that these things play a vital part in their lives. One way to understand a person's culture is by experiencing the aspects of that culture directly. People appreciate it when someone tries to understand why something is important to them.