Gestures that vary by country

Worksheet 1 – Miming

Choose one of the gestures below and mime it until your partner guesses what it represents.

 

Stop

 

 

Go away

 

Come here

 

Okay

 

Money/ cash

 

(I’m) sad

 

Time out

Cut/ time up/ stop speaking

 

(You are/ he is) crazy

 

(Waiter) the bill/ check (please)

 

Six

 

You

 

Me/ I

 

 

A drink

 

(A cup of) tea

 

Two

 

Peace

 

 

Victory

 

I don’t know

 

So-so

(I’m) stupid/ stupid me!

Mind your own business/ don’t interfere

A girl/ woman/ lady/ she

 

(You’re) late

 

I swear/ I promise

 

(They are) together

Zero/ nought/ nothing

 

A bribe/ a backhander/ money under the table

(This/ that is/ was) delicious/ tasty

 

One more time/ repeat

 

(It’s) great/ wonderful

 

(I) doubt (it)/ (I’m) not sure

 

Snob/ superior/ arrogant

 

 

Be quiet/ shut up

 

Bad

 

Hi/ hello

 

(Just) talk/ talkative

 

 

Yes

 

No

I hope/ I wish/ good luck

 

Gestures that vary by country Worksheet 2

Discuss how you could make each gesture in an easy to understand way.

Discuss how the gestures above vary from vary to country

Could any of the gestures you use be misunderstood or considered rude in another country?

What might these gestures mean in different countries?

 Thumbs up

Thumbs down

Raising your eyebrows

Cutting your palm across your neck

Making a circle with your thumb and index finger

Pointing at someone with your index finger (first finger)

Put your index fingers together side by side

Show your index and middle finger

Point to your nose

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PDF version for easy printing: GesturesThatVary

4 Responses to Gestures that vary by country

  1. Pamela Ferner says:

    Ir would be great if there were accompanying pics of the different gestures – and which countries use which gestures and what they mean in these countries.

  2. alexcase says:

    It would indeed, but with a full time teaching job and posting new worksheets and articles every month I doubt I’ll find time…

    Some of that info is in my other gestures worksheets:
    https://tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/efl-cultural-training/gestures

    and there’s also a good book on the topic:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Definitive-Book-Body-Language/dp/0553804723/ref=pd_sim_b_9?ie=UTF8&refRID=1XWWSTA8SRTDR4JYGB7H

  3. alexcase says:

    And of course you could always rewrite it to just include the ones you know.

  4. Deniece says:

    Thank you for these. Very helpful.

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