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Thursday
Feb232012

Hand Jive: Gestures That Can Get You in Trouble Abroad

The Hand Jive-Hand Gestures Infographic from Pimsleur Approach takes you on a world tour of what common hand gestures from America mean elsewhere (for better or worse).

Nearly everyone all over the globe know that flashing the middle finger is meant as a huge insult to the recipient. However, many common hand gestures which are perfectly innocent in the US are in fact quite dangerous in other parts of the world!

This is a great topic for an infographic because it’s so visual.  You have to show the actual gestures as illustrations in order to communicate effectively with the reader.  The pins in the globes are easy to read, and a refreshing visual that’s different from the standard flags on a map.

Simple message, focused topic, easy to understand.  Good design.  For an infographic, the URL at the bottom should link you directly to the original infographic posting instead of the company front page, and some type of coyright statement is missing.

Thanks to Sarah for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (10)

A lovely design, just a very slightly incorrect description of #2.

"Flicking the V's" as it is called in the UK is when you use your two fingers with the back of the hand facing the recipient. If this is reversed and the palm of the hand faces the other person (and fingers/thumb are thus visible) it is just the same meaning of peace/two please.

This gesture dates back to the time when bowmen had their fingers cut off, and so was an insult of "Look, I have my fingers and you don't!" - as to whether this was to the French, or from them, I can't remember.
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRagnar
Totally wrong with 1, 3, in Russia it absolutely the same meaning as in USA
February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOleg
All wrong for greek gestures as well.
February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkis
Very nice. But number #3 in Brazil actually means "go f... yourself". Number #5 is correct, but is also a common sign between heavy metal fans here just as anywhere in the world.
February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuis
Incorrect for number 2 in Australia and NZ as well. It's only if the palm is facing yourself and the Victory sign is well understood in Australia and NZ. The infographic is only as good as the data!
February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCellis
Wrong, in Colombia #5 means ..."Heavy Metal".
#3 is not used in France, it doesn't mean anything and speacially it doesn't mean "You are a worthless zero".
#1 Is used by hitchhikers in Greece (as everywhere) and #4 is commonly used to say "Stop"
#2 is offensive in UK only if the back of the hand faces the other person, otherwise it means "Victory" and it's widely used with that meaning.

... so where did you guys get the information?
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpucho
I'd be jailed if I do #6 on a person here in the Philippines? I live here and I've never heard of someone jailed for that little gesture. We use it on dogs and rarely on people though since we have an alternative gesture for that -- but it's nothing to cause offense or be jailed for. However, it may also be a flirty version for "come here" if you coupled with biting your lip and a naughty wink. That, you can be jailed for Sexual Harassment. ;) hehehe.
March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRowie
Dude what you're describing IS TOTALLY INCORRECT as far as Greece is concerned. I think you're actually MAKING IT ALL UP!
March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEarendil
Norway is far from Mediterranean, so Jenna's gesture doesn't matter.
March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
this is all wrong yo
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoolzdudeqtf?

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