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Greetings & Gestures Around The World

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Jennifer Symons

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Greetings & Gestures Around The World

Jackie Maniscalco
Jenny Symons Greetings & Gestures Around the World Emblems
Affect Displays
Adaptors Kinesics aka Body Language Nonverbal signals that can generally be translated directly into words Emblems Movements that compliment verbal communication Illustrators Nonverbal displays of the body or face that carry an emotional meaning or display affective states Affect Displays Adaptors Forms of nonverbal communication that can often occur a low level of personal awareness
-Often done to make oneself feel better The thumb & the forefinger US: You are a loser
China: the number 8
Italy: Not good Thumbs Up US, UK, South Africa: Good job, All right
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, & the middle east: Vulgar Insult Personal:
rubbing your forehead; stressed
rubbing hands together
playing with your hair
Carrying purse on same side
Cellphones, wallets, keys The "OK" Sign US: Ok
Venezuela, Turkey: Homosexual
Brazil: Vulgar insult
Germany: Ok or an insult (depending on the region)
Japan: Money
France: "you are worthless" Fingers Brought together US: Mimicking talking
Italy: "Whats this?"
India: Little
Turkey: Beautiful
Egypt: Wait a moment The "Come Here" or "Go Away" "Palm down"
US, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark: Go away
Ghana, Philippines. Vietnam: Come here
"Palm up"
Asia: Go away & Come here
US & many other places: Come here
"Pointing finger"
Australia: insult to women Handshake US: Firm classic handshake;greeting hello
Turkey: Way of bargaining; must be firm shake
West Africa: Kiss each others hands
*Good handshake = confidence The Peace Sign US & many other places: Victory, peace, or #2
Korea: Pose for a picture,
UK: Insult The "Horns" US: heavy metal term "rock on"
Italy: Insult- your wife is unfaithful Pointing US & many other places: RUDE
Philippines: Use their lips to point The "Crazy" sign US: Pointer finger spins in circle on the side of your head
Japan: Counter clockwise= Crazy
Clockwise= Smart The "Yes" Gesture US: nodding your head up and down
India: Wobble your head from side to side Greetings Europe:
First names are never used without invitation.
Academic degrees are expected to be used as a sign of respect
Cheek kissing; done 3 times
Men also embrace
Customary to shake hands to greet and say good-bye to each person at a social/business gathering
Czech Republic:
Always use title before name
Men should wait for a women to offer her hand first when shaking hands How Men Around the World React to Seeing a Pretty Girl American: Lifts eyebrows
Italian: presses his forefinger into his cheek and whistles
Greek: strokes his cheek
Brazilian: puts an imaginary telescope to his eye
Frenchman: Kisses his fingertips
Arab: grasps his beard The "No" Gesture Japan: Wave hand in front of nose US: Head shake left to right
Greece: Toss the head upwards England, Scotland, Wales:
Honorary titles are used
Business world; uses first names
"donner la bise" give a kiss on the cheek
Light hand shake
Visitor should not offer hand to a person of superior authority
Hand shakes when you meet and leave
Men do not hug
No kisses except among relatives
Never use the first name unless invited to
"Shalom" is for both meeting and departing
titles are less important
Handshakes are customary outside the home
Visitors should not be surprised by being called their first name
Kiss hello & goodbye on cheek twice International Gesture Dictionary Eyebrow Raise:
Tonga - "Yes" or "I Agree"
Peru - Money or "Pay me"

Taiwan - Someone is considered to be impolite

Australia - Improper gesture to do towards women

Eyelid Pull:
Europe & Latin America - Be alert or "I am alert"

Ear Flick:
Italy - Signifies that a nearby gentleman is feminine International Gesture Dictionary Ear Grasp:
India - Sincerity
Brazil - Appreciation

Nose Tap:
Britain - Secrecy or confidentiality
Italy - Friendly warning

Nose Thumb:
Europe - Signifies mockery

Nose Wiggle:
Puerto Rico - "What's going on?"

Cheek Screw:
Italian- gesture of praise Cheek Stroke: Greece, Italy, & Spain- Attractive
Yugoslavia- "success" Religious Gestures Shows his religion in football Tim Tebow Buddhist: Fingertips Kiss: Europe- connotes "aah, Beautiful!" the object of which may be anything from a woman or a wine to a car or a soccer play. Chin Flick: Italy- "Not interested", "Buzz off"
Brazil & Paraguay- "I don't know" Germany: strong symbol meaning "you're crazy" Christian: Kneeling-signifies adoration Sitting- posture of listening and meditation Making the sign of the cross-form of a blessing, trace the sign of the cross on the forehead, lips, then heart. "Exchange of Peace"-express through a prayerful greeting of peace, that we are at peace, not enemies, with others. A Mudra- is a symbolic hand or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism which represent a period in the life of the historical Buddha. http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/mudra.html Islams: Bowing-gesture of tolerance Islams: Judaism "Priestly Blessing"-Kohanim (hebrew for priest) stretches his arms and hands fowards, palms down fingers spread apart. "Sign of the cross" "Shin gesture" - Represents the name"Shaddai":Almighty god. Which is a hand gesture done today by orthodox Jews of the Kohanhim. "Blessing over candle lighting": Covering the eyes after lighting the Shabbat candles, gently move the hands before one’s face in a circular motion three times, cover the eyes with both hands, and recite the blessing. At the conclusion of the blessing, the eyes are uncovered. *This moment marks the beginning of the Sabbath. "Pointing at the Torah"- With pinky finger they point at the torah while citing the words "This is the Torah" Nonverbal messages that accompany speech to control or regulate what the speaker is saying Regulators
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