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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114673: Vocabulary: moving one's body
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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            

                      To sprawl             

       
                     

                    To sit up      

                     To stand up  

        To stand = to be standing   

                
                                               

       To lose one's balance= to fall    

                           To bend

                        To crouch

               (the woman is crouching)

              

                      To shrug   

           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!

                         To wave   

                             To jump                 

       
     
            

                          To dance                 

                    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         

                          To shiver           

     

     

    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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