What hand gestures mean in different countries

Hand gestures are a great way of reinforcing what you’re saying, but caution…as they may mean different things in different cultures.


Hand gestures as a foreign language!

Thumbs up
This widely recognised sign of approval or agreement is actually used as an insult in Bangladesh.
In certain parts of the Middle East, thumbs-up is definitely a highly offensive thumbs-down.
The thumbs-up sign has been confusing people for thousands of years!


what hand gestures mean in different languages!

Come here
This is used in the United States to ask a person to step forward, but in Asia this gesture isn’t welcome It should only be used to beckon dogs…if you do it in the Philippines you could be arrested.


What hand gestures mean in different countries

The horn fingers
In USA “the horn fingers” is adopted by rockers and it is a sign of approval, rock on!
Hook ’em Horns is the slogan and hand signal of the University of Texas at Austin. But in many Mediterranean and Latin countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy and Portugal, to make this sign at someone is to tell them that their spouse is cheating on them.


What hand gestures mean in different languages

Looking at your watch
This means ‘I’m in a hurry’ or ‘I’ve got to be somewhere’. In the Middle East, however, a conversation should run its natural course, as it would be very rude to look at your watch mid-conversation. In Arabic culture, once communication has started, it must “take its time”.


What hand gestures mean in different countries

The Ok
In most of the English-speaking world, as well as in several other countries, this hand gesture means that everything is fine, great, okay and/or perfect. In Brazil, however, it is considered a rude gesture. The most famous example of this was in the 1950s when Richard Nixon visited Brazil and flashed the “Ok sign” to a waiting crowd upon arriving in Rio de Janeiro, who responded with boos!


What hand gestures mean in different countries

The “V” Sign
This sign has two formats: one with the palm faced outwards, and another with the palm inwards. In the US, both ways refer to “victory” and peace: protesters against the Vietnam War and activists adopted the gesture as a sign of peace. Because the hippies of the day often flashed this sign (palm out) while saying “Peace”, it became popularly known (through association) as the peace sign.

In other places, such as in the UK, Australia and South Africa, the same gesture with the back of the hand facing the other person is considered to be an extremely insulting.

Next time you practice your new language skills remember to be sensitive with your hand gestures!


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  1. James Yiel Yok

    Interesting and thank you for all that.

  2. sue

    Just a FYI: The “V” sign with the palms facing outward is actually the sign for “peace” in the U.S. & is referred to as the “Peace sign,” respectively.

    • - busuu Laura

      Hi Sue!
      Thank you for your comment!
      You are right! The “v” sign means victory and peace!
      We already added it!
      Continue learning with busuu! 🙂

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    verry interresting

    • sardar safi

      good for me.

  4. Christian

    Good to know!:)

  5. sarfaraz ur Rehman

    Nice , me like short sign.

  6. sarfaraz ur Rehman

    Very nice.

  7. Esther

    This was interesting and helpful

  8. shahab

    In the name of god
    thanks for learn english

  9. David Mink

    RE Nixon, he should have fired his ‘front men’, whoever they were, for not investigating the meaning of the gesture. Although, he is the guy who talked about ‘football’ to student protesters at The Washington Monument, so……………..

  10. Celestine

    This is really helpful. It just helped me to avoid embarrassment with my colleagues in the UK.

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    It is very interesting.Thanks.

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    It is very interesting

  16. Richard Pilley

    might be best to keep your hand out of sight!

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    Interesting sign language

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  23. John

    Play it safe and don’t ever use hand-signals when travelling in a foreign country. Having said that, what should I do when riding a bicycle in a foreign country and I should make some kind of hand signal when I must turn a corner; close my eyes and hope for the best while in heavy traffic?

  24. samuel zambasa

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    Thanks for telling us about this. It was very interesting!

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    Very very interesting and important how to these hand gestures.

  27. shah mujahid

    excellent lesson these gestures sometimes may have created a lot of problem

  28. shah mujahid

    excellent lesson these gestures sometimes may have created a lot of problem.these gestures and their meaning are absolutely new for me, i did not know it before.

  29. Sandra L.

    The “v” sign with Palm facing out gesture in the U.S. means “peace”, “peace out” as in wishing peace for someone as a nice gesture when they are leaving. It has nothing to do with victory. Who wrote this article and got that fact incorrect?

    • - busuu Laura

      Hi Sandra!
      You are right! The “v” sign means both peace and victory!
      Thank you for your comment! we already added it!
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    • Naomi

      The V sign originally meant victory, as in V-Day, May 1845, to celebrate the end of World War II. Two decades later, it also came to mean peace. The fact is not incorrect. The article encompasses a broader view than many young people are aware of.

  30. Patricia

    Thank you for this wonderful lesson!
    Even about my own country!
    This is good information .
    To keep us polite and safe.
    Tip. Do not make likenesses of The Prophet Mohammed.
    The Bible also forbids this!
    Not supposed to picture Anyone, according to the Bible!

  31. Khan

    It was interesting and very true reference the raised mid finger gesture in south Asia.

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    Amazing!, thank you so much ?

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    This is great information to have. Thank you!!

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    Very useful and interestjng. Would you comment the horn fingers meanung in Africa? Many African scammers do it on pictures.

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  40. Joann

    Wow! Thanks for the information. The finest of verbal skills can be completely undone with the wrong gestures!

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  42. Serge MAHONA MII

    Thanks for let me know those hand gestures and it is very important to know it as some gestures are not appreciate to other country

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  45. sibongile

    Wooow awesome
    ….personally i am not a fan of most of these hand gestures, choosing to remain stritly professional. This is good advise indeed…… Will be extra cautious

    • Mira

      I can’t beivlee I’ve been going for years without knowing that.

  46. Malih

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  48. celvastine

    I’d better just stick with cheers and hello then,hope they have no hand representation too.cheers

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  53. Eddie Jennings

    I go to Cuba every year. From now on i will try and keep my hands down by my side.

  54. rafi

    The horn fingers among Turkish people in Azerbaijan of Iran is the symbol of wolf, because Azerbaijan is the land of fire and has some characteristics of wolf

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  57. Mbekezeli

    Middle finger pointing up is offensive in South Africa

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  62. Deng

    Grateful to have learn this different signs and what it mean to many nations around the world.

    I’m excited.

  63. Rachael

    WOW! Very insightful into the differences in culture. Good to be made aware of. Thank you. Rachael

    • Buffy

      That’s a subtle way of thninikg about it.

  64. emily

    I’ve learn a lot about hand gestures today.and how to use it in every country thanks a lot.

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  66. Amy

    I didn’t know ‘ok’ sign could be a rude gesture. I learn a lot! Thz

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  68. Patricia

    I have learned the hard way of many others

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  71. Jan

    I think I will practice keeping my hands still.

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  73. Sherine

    Thank you for the information

  74. sughra

    Interesting and informative.

  75. アビ

    In the Philippines? Not really, the ‘come here’ sign may be a bit offensive, but you can’t get arrested by just that. Actually I have just showed that sign to my brother but he acted normally and said “Yeah, what?” just like that, keeping his cool.

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  78. Awesome Jayne

    It’s perfect and one must always be careful not to offend any one with it.

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  90. jean marie

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    I really enjoyed learning what hand gestures mean in different country. Thanks a lot for that.

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  93. Serge Laguerre

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  96. JC from Holland

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  97. Marwa

    This is very interesting! the “looking at your watch” one is very funny because it’s very true in the Arab world, but sometimes people keep talking and you’d be in a hurry and you need to make them notice, but nooo you’d come off rude, as if not caring about wasting others time is not xD

  98. Sandrine

    I knew most of that and actually in Asia, the hand with palm down and movement inward means come here, also the finger pointing to the nose rather than the heart means ‘me’

  99. amanda

    Vielen dank! It is important to know these things because we do not want a faux par.

  100. amanda

    Good to know these things . I certainly do not want to make a faux par!

  101. Bujar

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  102. Tsigereda

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  103. merlande

    Thank you. That was very helpful

  104. Ron

    Hand gestures and even facial expressions do often speak louder than words spoken . So be aware !!!!!

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  107. David

    The okay sign also means a– h— in Italy

  108. Gloria

    Very interesting. You made ME read it. The way things are in other countries now. I probably would never venture outside the U.S. Living in this Free Country (So they say) I will remember this when speaking to people from other countries that are visiting or now living here.
    Thank You!

  109. Tuaha

    body language is so important for every one, it is a part of communication without body language our communication is not complete it’s incomplete, and above hand gestures is also a part of body language and it is important for all because if we go aboard and we can’t speak foreign language then hand gesture can help us, so I recommend these for friends.

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  117. Heilai

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  118. ifey

    As a sign language student, this is very, very educating.I really enjoyed it.

  119. CarmenD

    These are very good observations… One should always remember to “dig” deeper into the international meaning of gestures when going abroad.It is common sense to be careful not to offend the people there by using a hand gesture which might seem perfectly positive, but at the same time it is important to know the meaning of a hand gesture of native people, in order to avoid misinterpreting it as offensive.

  120. Brigitte Hawes

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  122. таня

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  123. ayub dahir

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  124. fufa

    it is amazing Anna. because of globalized communication, I hope people may learn to use more common gesture. I use thump up for z same purpose now. but in the village grew up it is taken as a serious insult. thank you for sharing

  125. fufa

    it is amazing Anna. because of globalized communication, I hope people may learn to use more common gesture. I use thump up for z same purpose you mentioned now. but in the village i grew up it is taken as a serious insult. thank you for sharing

  126. meredith

    The “horn fingers” is also ‘I love you’ in American sign language.

  127. shasuu

    its really intresting

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  129. Yahia Rouba

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    Bonjour, I am intestine and big thank ‘s☺

  131. Albert

    Thank you so much for this great information. I really think that it could be helpful if you are a traveller person or you need visiting different countries when you are working! Unfortunately it’s not my case!! Anyway I must say that I never make hand gestures at all because I don’t like that kind of comunication! Also I have an allergy, so I always use my fingers to take my snot out from my nose and scratch my ears!!!

  132. Suzanne

    It’s very interesting!!

  133. Jay Bayer, do

    I’ve known this for years. Originally the middle finger, longest finger was used to point. The V sign originated by Churchill was sign victory palm out. But in some South America countries it has sexual connotation which is your mother is on her back- puta. Italians use thumb off teeth outward- not good. We think Churchill had cigar in in v shaped fingers as victory so my English people tell me but could be folklore. Spanish no with index finger up and move arm like windshield washer means no, never. You can expand on this but maybe just keep fingers to yourself. Dr. Bayer. Very good you brought this out and can expand on it

    • - busuu Laura

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    Very Juan
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  139. A. Spezza

    There’re many many more, the best advice is to keep one’s hands out of the conversation. In some places one has to be carefull on the placing the fingers on the hand of whom one is greeting. The forwarding and presentation of one’s hand on a basic hand-shake, can be seen as critical in some situation or countries. (All personal experiences!)

  140. Annette Haskett

    i knew all but the V sign.

  141. khoa than

    A very interesting lesson! Thank you a lot.

  142. khoa than

    A very interesting lesson! Thank you so much.

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  148. Suresh dhungana

    interesting n thank u for all that.

  149. Gale

    My husband and I know a bit of ASL and in college would sign to each other a lot. The sign for the letter F is the same as the colloquial “OK” sign in English. So, when one day at a crowded table I asked him how he did on a test he had, and he replied with a forced grin and the “F” sign, everyone else thought he was saying “A-Ok” and only I caught his real meaning.

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  152. Mariam

    interesting. Thanks!

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    Dear sir, its so nice to learn new Language and sign.

  154. Lumka

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the insight on what not to do where.
    I’m from South Africa and did not know that the backwards peace was insulting. Maybe it is insulting to the really old generation because the rest of us use it to mean goodbye as in ‘peace, I’m out’. Very interesting

  155. abas ali

    Nice, me like a short sign.

  156. mohamed

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  157. Mohammed

    This is very interesting. Now i gained very important information about hand gesture. It is very important issue for every one to know it.

    thank you so much.

  158. Abd'Raheem

    It’s highly educative. Highly amazed to know about these things today, I’ve one time used thumbs up for someone on the main road in Malaysia…can’t imagine what could have happened. Thanks for the info.

  159. Jane PH

    I didn’t know we’ll get arrested if we do the come here sign here in Philippines. But sure it’s really offensive to do that here.

  160. Francez

    One more: the ‘fingerscrossed’ sign in Australia, Aemrican and European countries I suppose actually means ‘Vagina’ in many Asian countries.

  161. Godfrey

    Thank you for the lovely lesson

  162. M.D.Jayabalan

    Very well explained.

  163. fatima

    hi all
    it’s verry intersting lesson , for me i never think in this difference
    thank you

  164. Candida

    It’s very interesting.

  165. Alileche

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  166. Abdul

    Thanks bussing your are providing me a good information for different country sign which very helpful for me.

  167. Shahlaa


  168. Sophia

    Thanx 4 all that info…It reali helpd a lot.

  169. Sk

    The ok sign,in Syria it is used as a threatening sign!

    • - busuu Laura

      Really interesting Sk! 🙂
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  170. Kat

    Just to add, the “hook ’em horns” is also American Sign Language for “I love you” as it combines the symbols for the American Sign Language letters “I”, “L”, and “Y”.

    • - busuu Laura

      Thank you for your comment Kat! 🙂

  171. rizwan

    Thanks for the knowledge of hand gestures. So many of us never realise it can be offensive in other countries. To Keep the good knowledge to keep the peace. But spread the good knowledge is to spread the peace and love. ???<3

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  173. Jahir Ahmed

    Very helpful! Thanks!


    Thank You,,, !!!, to have Appraised, Informed, and more so, ALERTED, to USE THE SIGN LANGUAGE, and GESTURES, MORE CAREFULLY, and JUDICIOUSLY, lest we Land into, Unwanted, Avoidable Trouble,, and that too,,, UNAWARES,, !!!

  175. Kala

    Very educational….

  176. yahya

    Thanks for the interesting information.

  177. Lucky

    Danke schön ???
    I’m glad to know all this!

  178. Alberto Issa

    O Sinal de “ok” não é considerado rude no Brasil, é que temos um significado ruim quando o mesmo sinal é feito com a costa da Mão pra fora, e pode ficar ainda pior se ficar descolando os dedos repetidamente…

  179. Laurence Howard

    Another driver flipped me off when I was in Brazil. Since he used the same hand gesture that in most countries means “OK” it didn’t bother me in the least; even though I knew he was trying to be nasty. I thought it was cute.

  180. Hussein

    Hand gesture it is something looks like fantasy thing, but the reality is not that and it depends on how this meaning could be understood

  181. shatha

    Useful information

  182. Aminu

    it increase my knowledge and skills

  183. abdirisok

    its pleasure to me to know more culture then one

  184. shaykhulla

    great things, but too difficult to know where it is insulting or otherwise

  185. N.Eid

    Useful knowledge,thank you very much

  186. asma binti awie

    Thanks for the info.

  187. phantom

    it’s interesting but be careful when we use them. be sure to understand them through and where you are!

  188. Tigri cicilia

    Meaningful, thx to shared us.. GBU guys

  189. Tigri cicilia

    meaningful, thx to shared us.. GBU guys.. (y)

  190. Reza

    It is very good for learning english i am so happy that i can use this program

  191. Nyerah

    Thanks Anna “V” ???????

  192. Melchior

    I.m very surprised to see all of those different meanings. Those hand gestures and many others are really used by peoples without knowing their real meanings. I should suggest that before using every hand gesture in a foreign country or in public meetings, a wise man should first lean or ask from a local citizen the local meaning of each hand gesture.

  193. Asif

    Very useful information,I like these gesture .

  194. shahla

    Thank you . Very interesting .

  195. Zeenat Azhar

    Interesting Information

  196. swe swe latt

    it`s good to read. Thanks a lot 4 yr info!

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    so so interesting……

  198. casty kawira

    Good one indeed..many Thanks…

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  200. Steve

    thank you very awesome

  201. musisibest

    This is so interesting and great thanks alot

  202. Stephen

    MyESL students from Colombia showed the height of a person with the hand held sideways but the height of an animal palm down. At a table with students from many countries there were three versions of showing the numbeer twenty with the two hands: shoving, twisting, opening and closing.

    • Anna - busuu

      Hi Stephen!
      Thank you for your comment, very interesting information! 🙂

  203. Faranisese

    Woooow!!!!….definitely Awesome Learning!!!……Thank You so much…appreciated….

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    that’s great

  205. Genet Tilahun

    Thank you very much, it’s interesting!

  206. Genet Tilahun

    Thank you very much, It’s interesting.

  207. Emilia

    Thank u,its good to know

  208. Wossen Tadesse

    Thanks so much, busuu. It’s very important information so we can act carefully if we use hand gesture in other countries or meet other people

  209. raksha

    Very nice n interesting

  210. Ashot

    hi my dear friend)))

  211. Salimathass

    I need to polish my knowledge in Spanish

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    Good to know any were

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    Very informative n interesting

  215. Bourama Konaté

    I love very well the site busuu ! It’s a best site. It permit us to learn the differentes Foreign languages. Thank to them.

    • Anna - busuu

      Thank you very much for your nice words!! 🙂

  216. hany

    Very useful… thanks

  217. devertani

    Thanks a lot for your teaching

  218. abdulahi abuukar

    it is very interesting thank’s alot

  219. Jarri Nitiseno

    Thank so much with your attention. I like this nice article

  220. sanskriti

    Really this is a great information.

  221. faroq

    my name’s faroq
    lm from Yemen
    l like English but l speak slowly

    • Anna - busuu

      Hi Faroq,
      You can use busuutalk to chat with native English speakers.
      Continue learning with busuu! 🙂

  222. Hasan Hamid

    Thanks for this nice information and advice keep it up

  223. NASEEM

    It’s so informative and intresting to know about different cultures around the world.

  224. NASEEM

    Hand movement mean so much around the world,well done

  225. Zein Taha

    Interesting initiatives. Glade to learn something new.

  226. Jon Þor

    Tank you very much

  227. churchill odhiambo

    love the language. please continue educating me more. i need more lessons. thanks

  228. BAKOUPASSI Abalo

    i like it. thank you!

  229. Nell's Girl

    The two finger gesture has a long history some say it goes back to the Franco/English 100 year war or the battle of Agincourt, others attribute it to the severing of defeated archer’s fingers. Other body parts are said to cause offence too, in some parts of China and Philippines it causes offence to show the soles of your feet.

  230. Dave H

    Sehr gut. Amazing app for quickly learning Deutsche!

  231. Rex

    The “Horn Sign” means “I Love You” to all the deaf at the Veteran’s hospital in Long Beach, CA. My brother and his kids use it all the time for “Good Bye, I Love You!” I have always thought the signing by the deaf was universal????? I know that “Thumbs Up” was the sign the Romans used to encourage a gladiator to KILL his opponent, NOT spare him. IF you are not deaf, or associate with a deaf person,don’t sign!

  232. Thang Tlung

    Yes, To improve in my knowledge, the world experience. I honestly confessed, how exactly dangerous to show sign in other part of the world.

  233. Thang Tlung

    good, very good

  234. Paula

    Interesting but in I am Colombian and the horn sign isn’t used here to say that someone is cheating on its spouse… You say “He is putting you horns” but the sign isn’t used.

  235. sajjad

    it was fantastic . I wanted to go an other country and I needed to now what do gestures mean thanks a lot.

  236. moa

    good informartions…it’s too important to know the other side geture meaning

  237. Mohamed

    ✌ to #busu interesting I loved it

  238. solo

    in Uganda “v” sign with palm facing outwardly means victory which has
    been widely used by the most famous opposition political party forum for democratic change FDC

  239. ali

    it is very very good! I dont know abou gestures . but now I know…Thank you

  240. tala

    Hi.they were perfect.
    But the ” ok ” sign also has another meanings too.for example in japon it means coin(money) and in france it means zero( 0 ).
    Thnks for informations.❤????????

  241. pinny choo

    Hi , Everybody . How are you?

  242. jeania

    very informative…i learned a lot…thank you

    • Anna - busuu

      Thanks a lot for your nice comment!
      Continue your language learning with busuu!

  243. martin venasio

    it wonderful!

  244. Michiko

    Busuu e,
    Otanjyoobi wo Omedetoo gozaimasu! !!!
    OTEKOTOBA wa totemo omoshiroi desu! !!
    Ki wo tsukete kudasai.

  245. Elizabeth Bartz

    Thank you for this most interesting and informative piece on hand gestures and their meaning around the world. I think everyone should read it before taking off on vacation to another
    country and culture !

  246. Anne

    Excellent article on hand gestures. Everyone who travels MUST
    read it !

  247. Marie Josée Alexandre

    Very interesting, thank’ a lot

  248. sam

    yeah… the one about the philippines isn’t true :p you soooooo don’t get arrested for doing that XD

  249. Imtiaz

    I am a Bangladeshi and I think you have a wrong information at the beginning. Thumbs up is not an insult in Bangladesh. I have never seen anyone in my country to see thumbs up as an insult. Rather it is a sign like everything thing is fine or good.

  250. Ummi

    Thanks a lot this was really important

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  252. Mmmmmm

    The O.K signal could mean a threat in the arabe world as if one is saying “I’ll beat you if you do it again” , when it is being done in an angry manner of course.. #_#

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  255. joanna paul

    Good to know information.. Thank you..

  256. Harshiny

    I would like to attach this information in my assignment… can i know which year is this posted?

    • Gabrielle Cormier

      Hey Harshiny, it was posted on 6 May 2015.

  257. Meggie

    Haha this is cool to know. and its helped with my Psychology homework so thank you Busuu! haha (: Have a lovely day everyone 😀

  258. raj kumar

    it is very nice and interesting thank uuu

  259. Lele

    I was very moved on how you got the languages correct and my mother is proud someone still knows the meanings and knows what a rude gesture is and isn’t.

  260. sp4musi

    Are there any other universal hand gestures that mean ‘good job’?

  261. Phoenix

    This website is so cool!

  262. ItsJazzyJaz

    I want to go up to a Cuban and do the Horn Fingers. OMG!! They will be like ¿Que? And I will trying to hold it all in (laughter)

  263. Nicolette

    I’m South African never heard about the V sign or Peace sign being insulting before. Great article but I’m not sure about the Peace sign and South Africans finding it insulting.


    COME HERE gesture in the philippines are the same as what it really is

  265. Darla Partida

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  266. Dylan

    Good information, so that if people read this then they can understand how to show hands signals to somebody in different countries. 👍

  267. Dylan

    Good informations and facts. People can read this so that they know how to show gestures like hands signals in different countries. 👍

  268. brenda taylor

    this has been very informative as there are a lot of gestures that we do unconsciously and need to be more aware.