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Vocabulary: body language and gestures
When we're in a conversation, facing our interlocutor, it may not be useful to speak (, which is quite the limit when you're supposed to teach a language ... ) Funny faces, mimicking or some attitudes often betray our thoughts and are most often universally understood.
Today, we're going to show and name this "body language" which is so useful to communication between human beings.
I) We speak with our eyes...
It's often said that our eyes are"the mirror of our soul", or "the window to our soul". They betray our emotions, our feelings. Yet, this proverb is quite disputed, but remains a wonderful image.
Eyes wide open
Eyes and mouth open
= horror, fright
= shutting both eyes
= shutting one eye.
To make faces
|To smile||To laugh|
= smiling (showing your teeth)
II) Thanks to our mouth, without uttering one sound, we talk too.
To pull one's tongue
To clench one's teeth
|To hush= Keep quiet !|
III) Fingers (hands, arms) are very expressive too. They obey universal codes.
To clench one's fist
To point (at)
|Thumbs down= disapproval|
To raise one's hand
= desire to speak
To shrug one's shoulders
= ignorance or insolence
Helped by a situation, we'll need to interpret all these signs in the right way. The circumstances will help you not to make mistakes.
Good luck for the test!
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