5 Potentially Prickly Hand Gestures

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The non-verbal language is widely used all over the world, however, not in all countries, the gestures have the same meaning.

5 Gestures which are very commonly used  that can get you in serious problems in other countries

1 – Thumbs up

Here if someone makes this gesture to you is saying “okay” or that you have done very well. Although it may occasionally mean that happens of what you’re saying. Depends on the context in which you use it. However, in countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, or Greece, it is quite offensive as it implies the opposite.

5 Típicos Gestos que hacemos con las manos y que podrían meterte en graves problemas en otros países

2 – The gesture of peace

Here we use it a lot to pose for pictures and basically means “victory” or “peace”. However, in the Uk and Australia, if you do the same gesture with the palm of the hand towards you, it means “you’re an idiot”, “shut the fuck up” or “I give”.

5 Típicos Gestos que hacemos con las manos y que podrían meterte en graves problemas en otros países

3 – Perfect

This gesture here means “very good” or “perfect”, but you shouldn’t use it in Brazil, it is quite rude. Also, you should know that in Japan it means “money” and in France, it means “zero” or “not worth it”.

5 Típicos Gestos que hacemos con las manos y que podrían meterte en graves problemas en otros países

4 – Luck

Cross the middle finger over the index here means “luck”. However, in Vietnam, it is a very obscene gesture.

5 Típicos Gestos que hacemos con las manos y que podrían meterte en graves problemas en otros países

5 – To stop/halt

The palm of the raised hand with the five fingers extended here means “to stop”, in fact, it is commonly used by the police to indicate that you stop. However, in Greece, if you make that gesture you’re telling a person to go to hell.

5 Típicos Gestos que hacemos con las manos y que podrían meterte en graves problemas en otros países

As you can see, there are many gestures that we use every day automatically without realizing it. It is therefore important that, when you travel, you make sure that you can use them without any problem.

Which of these gestures do you use the most? Let us know in the comments!

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