Learn to speak with your hands like a true Italian

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The average Italian uses 250 every day. So would it be possible to have a conversation on holiday without knowing the language?

Italian’s are famous for talking and expressing their feeling by using their hands. If you don’t speak Italian you can often understand the emotion of the conversation or what they are saying just by watching two things, their hands and their face. The Italian hand gestures illustrated here are some of the more common gestures that are recognized in the country. Some are widely used, some are not, and some are just plain rude so be careful when you use them. Perhaps practice these gestures on your Italian friends first to be sure you’ve got the right movement, otherwise a potentially embarrassing situation could develop. Here is your lesson on Italian Hand Gestures 101…

Italian hand gestures chapter 1

Italian hand gestures chapter 2

Have you seen these hand gestures in use? Did you use any during your trip to Italy?

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