Friday, 3 June 2011

Culture: Italian Popular Gestures


Image from designyoutrust.com
Learning a language is not enough to simply learn the words, one must learn about the culture in order to be truly masterful in the language.

You might not be interested in Italian, but here I take Italian as an example, because in Italy, using gestures (i gesti) is as important as using spoken words. From the above image, you can see the importance of gestures in the Italian way of non-verbal communications.

Interestingly, in football, there are also lots of gestures. Below I have included some photos, see if you can figure out what they mean.

"Please!!!!" by Christian Vieri
Image from cultureofsoccer.com
"Louder!" by Roberto Baggio
Image from Comenius
"You are no good!" by Francesco Totti
Image from static.guim.co.uk
"I don't care!" by Luca Toni
Image from fifa.com
Okay, let's see some videos:



Have fun learning!


Resources:
Italian Hand Gestures PART 1 @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0n4Vw6twKo

Italian Hand Gestures & Expressions PART 2 @ YouTube
http://youtu.be/HYFlBGeYygI