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Yesterday I wrote an article about "10 questions for Italian people" and one of them regarded the fact that we used our hands a lot - maybe too much - when we speak.
So I thought, why not use some really common emoticon to explain our gesture? Pay attention, the lesson is starting!
1. First gesture
Pay attention here, only two fingers up (index finger and winkle). Thumb close to the others. This gesture is usually done shacking a little bit the hand (from left to right). This is not easy stuff, someone is trying to tell you that your boyfriend or your girlfriend is cheating on you!
Pay attention that is not this one down, check the difference in the thumb position!
2. Second gesture
This one is the most famous Italian gesture, with all the fingers together. It can have two meanings depending on how we move the hand. We can move the hand "up and down", this generally means "What are you saying?" and we do it when someone is saying something stupid or we don't agree with or maybe if we don't understand what someone is saying.
Instead, if we spin the hand it is different. This can be done in relation to an awkward situation, maybe you have been left alone with a couple of friends and you felt a little bit stupid and you were uncomfortable, so you can tell the story and add this gesture to enhance your negative feeling.
3. Third gesture
Here is it important to focus on one finger, the index finger. If we put the index near our check and we turn it we can have two topics: food or boys/girls. When we are at the restaurant, we eat something that is DELICIOUS, we turn our index in our check to let our people know that we appreciate a lot the food.
When we are out, if we see a really handsome boy or a beautiful girl, we can do the same gesture too, this can be a little bit rude/unpolite - so be careful! Fun fact. A friend of mine came to Italy from the UK some years ago, he told he went into a bar for the coffee and the bartender looked at him, looked at the colleague, and did that gesture. He didn't understand and he thought about something racist (he is black and the bartender was white), for this reason, he went out a little bit upset/angry. I explained to him that it was a sort of compliment later, but I had a lot of fun during this story!
In the comment let me know if in some situation of your day you can use one of these three gestures (hope not the first one!), tell me something fun, and be ready to use the 2* gesture or eat something delicious to use the 3* gesture!
There are a lot of other gestures that can be explained to you, a lot of them regarding the full hand used in a different way... or better let me know if you are curious to know when or why we do something!