What Do Hand Gestures Mean in Different Parts of the World?

ROFL 29-07-2016

Something as simple as holding your hand a certain way can speak volumes Make the Most of Your Body Language for Powerful Benefits Body language is a non verbal communication we should all master for personal development. It can lead to better relationships and effective leadership. Read More . Holding up your index finger means something different from holding up your middle finger.

As if it’s not all complicated enough, the meaning of hand gestures change in different parts of the world. Something that’s friendly in your country can be incredibly offensive in another. Don’t worry, though, because today we’re going to take a trip around the world to learn how your hand gestures will be interpreted many countries.

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  1. Cendrine Marrouat
    July 30, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    And #7, tap your finger on your head is not just for Germany. Pretty much everyone in Europe uses it.

    • Philip Bates
      July 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I think much of Europe has variations of that one: certainly in the UK, tapping your finger against your temple wouldn't really mean much (maybe "think about it"), but holding it near your temple and making a circular anti-clockwise motion means "you're crazy".

  2. Cendrine Marrouat
    July 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    #6 for France means fear or sometimes being cold. Not worry or stress.

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2016 at 8:02 am

    "Everything is OK"

  4. Anonymous
    July 29, 2016 at 6:44 am

    The graphic would be more useful if it also told us what gestures NOT to use in what countries. A gesture might be perfectly OK to use in one country but have an obscene or very derogatory in another.

  5. dvous
    July 29, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Obviously the Russia graphic was too complicated for the designer of the chart:

    "Stretch left hand behind your head and scratch your right ear = this is getting too complicated"

    Funny how it's depicted as the right hand scratching the left ear.....

    • Cendrine Marrouat
      July 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Exactly! Plus, it's a hand gesture that most people use even outside of Russia. lol