When we go overseas, sometimes language can be a barrier. We mean to say one thing, but the locals understood it to be something else. Luckily body language can help us communicate when words fail to do so. But as it turns out, not all hand signals are created equal. The same hand gestures could mean different things in other countries. In fact, some innocent hand signals might come off as offensive!
Bright Side looked at the meaning of the same hand gestures in different parts of the world and thinks it would be good for us to know them when traveling.
1. The “OK” gesture
Japan: Money. Sometimes the gesture is made with the 3 fingers at the bottom.
Brazil: A rude gesture. Don’t make the same mistake as Richard Nixon, who visited Brazil and flashed the “Ok sign” to a waiting crowd, but was responded to with boos.
2. The “I’ve got your nose” gesture
America: The thumb between the index and middle fingers represents the nose stolen from a kid’s face in the “I’ve Got Your Nose” game.
Turkey: An obscene gesture similar to the middle finger, and is also used to show disagreement or to deny a request.
Brazil: A good luck charm to ward off the evil eye and jealousy.
Indonesia: An offensive gesture.
American Sign Language (ASL): The sign for the letter T.
3. The “V” gesture
America: Peace. It also used to mean “V for Victory.”
China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand: Cute pose when being photographed.
United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland: When the same gesture is done but with the back of the hand facing outward, it’s an insult.
ASL: The sign for the number 2.
4. The “loser” gesture
America: Usually uses it as a taunt, it means “loser.”
China: Indicates the number 8, which is considered a lucky number. Knowing how to sign numbers is especially useful when bargaining in China.
5. The thumbs up
America: Good. It is also used when hitchhiking.
Iraq, Iran: An insult equivalent to, “Up yours, pal!”
ASL: Thumbs up wiggled left and right is the sign for the number 10. When held stationary and thrust toward another person the meaning is “yourself.”
6. The pinky up
America: It either indicates “fancy” when drinking tea or it’s a sign that you’re making a promise that should not be broken, also called a pinky swear.
China: This is the same as giving the thumbs down sign. It shows that the signer is not happy.
Japan: The symbol of a lover or significant other.
ASL: The sign for the letter I.
7. The “come hither” gesture
America, Ecuador: “Come here.” This gesture is also used when seducing someone.
Philippines: It’s only used to call a dog. It is derogatory to use on people. And you could get arrested for using it.
8. The “stop” or “talk to the hand” gesture
America: Means “stop,” the number 5, or “talk to the hand.”
Greece, Sindh (Pakistan): Called the “moutza” or “mountza” and is considered an insult.
Mexico, Panama: Used to say “hi,” but when steady or moving it repeatedly toward the receiver it means, “You’ll see!” warning that the giver is going to tell an authority figure.
Malaysia: Can be used to say hi to someone you know, to call a waiter, and to say thank you to another driver. It is also used when crossing the street and this is humorously known as the “God hand” because it seems as though you have the power to stop cars.
9. The “You’re dead!” gesture
America: A gesture showing a slit to the neck means “you’re done for.”
Japan: It means “you’re fired.” This is because the word kubi, which means fired from a job, sounds the same as kubi that means the neck or throat.
10. The Italian gesture
America: Used to imitate an Italian gesture.
Italy: Used when something is unclear. Similar to “What are you saying?”
Malaysia: They call it “chup” and it used to mean “wait a minute.” But when the gesture is motioned toward the mouth, it means “eat.”
ASL: When both hands with this sign are put together with the tips touching, it means “kiss.”
11. The “smelly” gesture
America: Waving the hand left and right, with the palm facing the side in front of your face, indicates that something smells bad.
Japan: It means “no.” “No can do,” “Impossible,” or even “No, thank you” are also expressed with this gesture.
12. The “money” gesture
America, Germany: The thumb rubs repeatedly over the tip of the index finger and middle finger to indicate money.
South Korea: It’s a similar gesture, but without the rubbing, to make a small heart. It means “love.”
13. The “animal ears” or “horns” gesture
America: It’s not commonly used, but it means an animal ears or horns. It is often used just to be silly or to imitate an animal while playing with children.
Japan: Also known as the “demon horns,” index fingers pointing up behind the head is used to describe that the signer is angry.
14. The fingers crossed
15. The horn fingers
America: Usually used by rockers, when the index and pinky are raised it is a sign of approval or “rock on!”
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Portugal: This sign is made at someone to tell them that their spouse is cheating on them.
Bonus: Can you guess what these mean?
Which of these hand gestures do you use a lot and what do they mean when you use them? Are there any other hand gestures you know that mean something completely different in other countries?
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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