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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #101314: Hands and gestures
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    Hands and gestures

    Do you know these hand gestures?


     wave point flag down salute
     thumb one's nose
     stroke sign twiddle one's thumbs:
     clap punch slap spank



    stop!to snap
    to flick
    to drum
    to rub one's hands / one's eyes

    no!thumbs up (approval)thumbs down (disapproval)shhh!

    Some hand gestures that are innocent gestures in your country may be rude or even obscene in other cultures. 



     The thumbs-up sign (hand gesture of approval) is offensive in Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria
     and parts of Italy and Greece.

     A hitchhiker must not use it in these countries. (hitchhiker = auto-stoppeur)

     In some countries (Middle and Far East) pointing is considered rude. It is best to indicate 
     a direction with your palm open.

     The OK sign means alright in America and most of Europe.
     It is the scuba diving signal for 'I am OK'. (scuba diving = plongée sous-marine)

     Never do it in Greece and in some Middle Eastern countries.

    Tourists should be careful about using hand gestures while travelling abroad.

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     Suzan is tired. She is yawning and  her eyes. 

    This horse loves to be  on its cheek.

     Joséphine has got magic powers. She  her fingers to appear and disappear.

     These two little girls seem to be a little disturbed. One of them  
     is  her doll, the other is crying.

     Jennifer spent hours near the telephone, anxious, 

     She was waiting for her sweetheart to call.

     Astérix has   a Roman
    with his closed fist.

     Obélix is  another Roman
    with an open hand.


       To play Carrom you need a board, 19 little wooden pawns and a larger one called
    the striker.

     You play by  the striker
    with one of your fingers

      In ASL (American Sign Language) people don't 
      their hands to applaud. They raise their arms.

     This child  at his
      dog which is sticking its tongue out.

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