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Vocabulary: moving one's body
For our body to be healthy, but also because we have to, out of obligation or pleasure, we move our bodies. When we awake and even sometimes when we are asleep, our body makes many movements.
These movements are numerous and varied. They may be spontaneous reflexes or, on the contrary, very voluntary and requiring effort. They're often made in answer to some emotions or feelings, but are also a means to express oneself or to change places. Almost every part of our bodies can move.
Our bodies are moving, or our bodies are at rest...
To get up (from one's bed)
To lie down => lying
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To sit up
To stand up
To stand = to be standing
To lose one's balance= to fall
| To bend |
(the woman is crouching)
To turn around
| To hop|
Pay attention to two verbs (and to two movements) that learners tend to mix up regularly:
- to NOD implies a vertical movement of your head and means «yes ».
On the contrary, to SHAKE ONE'S HEAD conjures up a horizontal movement from left to right and means « no».
Your head may, sometimes, replace words, and so may other parts of your bodies: if you shrug, you may either express your ignorance, but your indifference too, which is very rude. Therefore, do try to avoid this gesture or if you can't refrain, say a few words to make the gesture more explicit and less rude.
As we're going to see in the following table, our arms and hands express many varied reactions and feelings or may replace or accompany many different words and shouts.
| To turn one's head= yuk! |
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To sway one's hips
| To hug|
To raise one's hand
To fold one's arms
To shake hands
To point at someone
To click one's fingers
To clench one's fists
To clap one's hands
To shudder in horror
Thanks to all those gestures, and to all those words, you may communicate better, which is the aim of a language.
Let's do the test, now... You'll see it's quite easy! Good luck!
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