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Hand and Arm Gestures. Do’s and Taboos Around the World by Roger Axtell. Directions. Look at the name of the gesture and determine what it means and where it means that. Click to have the answers appear. Determine whether or not you were correct. Horizontal Horns.

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Hand and Arm Gestures

Do’s and Taboos Around the World by Roger Axtell


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Directions

  • Look at the name of the gesture and determine what it means and where it means that.

  • Click to have the answers appear.

  • Determine whether or not you were correct.


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Horizontal Horns

  • Self-protection from evil spirits in Europe.

  • Variation is evil-eye in Africa.


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Hand Purse

  • Question, good, fear in Italy


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One-Finger Point

  • With index finger, impolite in Middle and Far East

  • Use your whole hand

  • In Indonesia, use your thumb


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Flat-Hand Flick

  • Go away or get lost

  • It’s universal


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Beckon

  • Don’t use finger to call someone, use palm down whole hand waving in Middle East, Far East, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America


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Fingers Circle

  • Ok in America

  • Rude/obscene in Brazil, Greece, Russia

  • Money in Japan

  • Zero/worthless in southern France


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Fingers Cross

  • Protection or good luck in Europe

  • Offensive in Paraguay


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Hand Saw

  • Share the profits when you make a deal in Colombia


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Hand Sweep

  • Stealing/getting away with something in Latin America and the Netherlands

  • Money or pay me in Peru


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Waving

  • Insult in Greece and Nigeria

  • Good-bye (palm out and wave fingers in unison) in Europe

  • No in Europe (wave whole hand back and forth)

  • Come here in Peru (wave whole hand back and forth)


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Height

  • Palm down is animal’s height in Colombia and Latin America

  • Human height is palm facing the observer in Colombia and Latin America

  • Use index finger in Mexico


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The Wai

  • Namaste in India

  • Greeting in Thailand


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Arms Fold

  • Arrogance and pride in Finland

  • Disrespect in Fiji


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Elbow tap

  • Unreliable in Holland

  • Stingy in Colombia


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