The Hand Jive – Hand Gestures Infographic

Joseph Zacharia • October 24, 2011 • Language LearningComments (10)

Top 7 Common American Hand Gestures That Can Get You in Trouble Abroad

Nearly everyone all over the globe know that flashing the middle finger is meant as a huge insult to the recipient. However, many common hand gestures which are perfectly innocent in the US are in fact quite dangerous in other parts of the world!

Hand Gestures Infographic

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  2. MaryAnne says:

    The V-sign is only offensive if you are doing it with with your palm facing you and outer hand facing the other person. You can still order ’2′ things with the 2 fingers. And you do know that V for Victory was a WW2 British campaign, right? With quite a few pictures of Churchill doing just that, to boot. Also, people aren’t stupid enough to assume that, when ordering coffee in a cafe, for example, that you’re pleasantly telling them to f*** off.

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    Very informative and very necessary info. Quick and easy to read and just what travelers will remember.

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    Keep up the good work.

    Teresa

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  7. Marina says:

    “Thumbs up!” gesture in Russia is exactly what it is here in the U.S. – enthusiastic approval. The gesture may be accompanied by one or two short and energetic movements of the fist down and slight lowering of your chin. It is not and has never been something that would hurt the feelings of a Russian. It can be used in absolutely any life contexts from your toddler potty training to very adult situations.

  8. Neuromante says:

    As a spaniard, I have never used the “texas lonhorn/heavy metal” sign to talk about someone’s wife unfaithful sexual life.
    It’s true that we say someone whose wife has cheated on “has horns” (“Te han puesto los cuernos” or “Eres un cornudo”), but here we link the sign for heavy metal (Which, by the way, is a sign borrowed from the Hawaian culture) or some kind of equivalent to show the middle finger (Although It’s been ages since the last time I saw someone here using it in that way).

    Anyway, interesting “map”. I recall being told the “v” sign in UK was born due captured archers in the middle ages having those two fingers cut so they couldn’t use bows anymore :S

  9. Vladislav says:

    As Russian I can say that “OK” has never been considered as a bad gesture in Russia, that’s absolutely not true. It’s OK as well as it is in US.

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