Hand Gestures around the World

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Travelers are often concerned about language barriers in foreign countries, but often don’t consider body language. Around the world, though, people use their bodies–especially their hands–to communicate as eloquently as with words. The Distant Lands Show demonstrates some hand gestures commonly used–and commonly misused–around the world.

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Gisel Martínez Ortiz says:

Comunicación no verbal: diferentes significados de los gestos que hacemos
con las manos según el país en el que nos encontremos.

Spanish Language Route says:

Hand gestures around the world. Did you know all of them? Do you know
anything else?

Carlos Quiroz says:

In Venezuela the OK sign means OK like in the USA. It only changes its
meaning if the fingers are turned down and it means Gay, not homosexual
because it does not include lesbianism. 

Spanish Language Route says:

Hand gestures around the world. Did you know all of them? Do you know
anything else?

BomBabydoll says:

I love this video! In Argentina the fingers brought together turned up
means “You’re afraid” (sorry for my english xD)

Kristien Lesage says:

Con las #manos también se habla, queridos amigos.

(Hand Gestures around the #World)

Hand Gestures around the World

Gilberto Cardoso says:
ITSalamanca - Spanish - Translation - Interpreting says:

Con las #manos también se habla, queridos amigos.

(Hand Gestures around the #World)

Hand Gestures around the World

Muhammad Ataul Karim says:
Mike VanArendonk says:

This video is very interesting in showing how the same hand gestures can
mean very different things in other cultures. When going to another
country, it is very important to research the country before hand so that
you can navigate and interact within the country more easily. As the video
points out, some gestures can be very offensive in some cultures whereas it
might be completely fine in yours. So this would be very important to
research. Understanding cultures in entirety is very important, not just
knowing certain hand gestures. Such as eating; their are certain rituals
and ways you should eat. For instance, you should never use your left hand
to pass food because you contaminate the food with your left hand because
that is seen as your hand for “hygiene” purposes in some cultures. Also,
you yourself might be offended when you go to another country if they
engage in a cultural that you don’t understand. 

Maria Montero says:

This is a very good video, thanks!!!

mimineminou1 says:

Ray William Johnson anyone?

Bryan Nguyen says:

Me

Thailps28 AJ says:

My mom was born in Vietnam!

Erica Pessoa says:

Here in Brasil the OK sign is the same as USA, also, the Ok sign means
sometimes that something is “perfect” (we usually use for food or so…)
but if you turn the fingers down it means “F^%$ you”

Kirk Cameron's Greatest Fanpage says:

You explain what the gestures mean as long as the connotation is positive.
However, if the sign is bad you don’t explain anything. You just say that
it’s an insult of some sort. What does “thumbs up” mean in Iran? What does
the “OK sign” mean in Brazil? And in Germany? Thumbsdown.

Kirk Cameron's Greatest Fanpage says:

I never knew. Thank you.

Tamyli says:

Actually, it depends on the region. Here where I live (south) if you do the
“ok” sign here (even with your fingers up) it means something you did, or
even yourself, is shitty. Or it can mean an expression similar to f*ck you

IntegrationTraining says:

useful for a business traveller, thanks. Are there any universals?

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