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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

                     = surprise! 


                             To wink

                 = shutting one eye. 

                                To smile

              Eyes and mouth open

                 = horror, fright  

                        To frown    

                            To laugh

                         To blink

                   = shutting both eyes 


                         To make faces


                            To grin

       = 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 applaud

          = Congratulations! 

         Thumbs down= disapproval 

           To shrug one's shoulders

         = ignorance or insolence

                       To clench one's fist

                      = Determination. 


                           Thumbs up

                     = Congratulations! 



                        To point (at)



                To raise one's hand

                   = desire to speak

                     To wave   

    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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    1. At the end of the speech, the audience were enthusiastic and the orator.

    2. ' I have already told you that was rude, so now, stop it, Paul!'

    3. When we were playing hide and seek, little Paul was unable to ,and burst out laughing.

    4. Tom was so frightened that his eyes and mouth were and he couldn't say a word.

    5. Stop as if you understood nothing! Just follow the instructions, will you?

    6. Aunt Anna me to let me understand she was joking.

    7. Terribly angry, Patrick and tried to calm down before answering.

    8. He had such a sarcastic on his face that it was clear he was laughing at us...

    9. 'Look, a girl is you from the other side of the street. Do you know her?'

    10. You were scolded because you didn't before speaking in class. You must respect the rules!



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