Essay Nonverbal Communication

1080 Words Feb 12th, 2012 5 Pages
Nonverbal communication is when a person users gestures instead of words. Gestures can be facial expressions or body expressions. While doing research I learned that gestures are different around the world of different cultures. I chose French, Italian, and German to compare and contrast. The French word Mon ceil means disbelief in what someone is telling someone else. The gesture is taking the index finger, and pulling the skin down under the eye. In Italian this gestures is called Intesa, which means to remember our agreement. Germany did not have this gesture. It was hard to find gestures in German. French, Italian, and German have the same hand gesture for okay. In French they usually just say ok like Americans do. In …show more content…
They start with their thumb first. Do not know about the Italians. Most Americans use their index finger first. In America we shake hands as a greeting or business deal. The French often grab the elbow or shake with the pinky if their hands are full. Italians and Germans shake hands with a little kiss on each side of the cheek. Pouting goes without saying. Everybody has their own way of pouting. The French call pouting faire la moue. When moving the index finger back and forth is careful it has different meanings. In Italian it means hey, come here you, and the word is ehi tu, vieni qui. In German it means the dog call. In America we use the hand on the forehead with the palm down means to salute. The military uses this gesture all the time. Germans have and uses this gesture is the same way as Americans do. The French call it ras le bol, and this means someone or something is annoying. The Italians gesture for annoying is palm up moving the hand and elbow up and down. They pronounce this che barba. This gesture has different meaning through different cultures. Holding hands out, spreading fingers, and moving the hands back and forth. The Germans call this moutza. The meaning for moutza is here you go, and this means that a person is not impressed. The French call it a peu pres. This means the time a person will arrive, or how long a person will take. The Italians
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