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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
= shutting one eye.
Eyes and mouth open
= horror, fright
= shutting both eyes
To make faces
= 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.
|Thumbs down= disapproval|
To shrug one's shoulders
= ignorance or insolence
To clench one's fist
To point (at)
To raise one's hand
= desire to speak
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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