Italian hand gestures

I already wrote about clichés, but since I am abroad I have to deal with them every day. Yesterday I was talking on the phone to my cousin, who was born in Germany, but is still Italian, and after the call my friends told me that it looked like we were arguing, since we were talking loud: the people who were in the room could even hear my cousin speaking…

The Italian hand gestures are also very famous abroad: I just discovered that, on Facebook, students who were in Italy for the Erasmus program now claim to be able to speak as a real Italian because they learned how to use their hands correctly while speaking. For everyone who didn’t have the chance to learn Italian hand gestures, this is a quick guide with the most used ones:

Unfortunately hand gestures are not sufficient to speak Italian… But trust me, if you know a little, it will help you in the understanding process, as it is not easy to find people who can speak English in Italy. If Italians see that you don’t speak their own language, the hand gestures will be used more and more (together with a very loud voice…). Having a mustache won’t help you speak Italian either, as Family Guy teaches. By the way, I never heard about this cliché before even if I am Italian…

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