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Hand gestures may have different meanings in different cultures.

If we make the peace sign but with the outside of our hand facing someone, this could be considered very offensive in British culture.

In Western culture, we knock on wood when:

If I want to say "crazy" with my hands, I should:

If I cross my fingers and put them behind my back, it means:

If I cross my fingers in front of my body, it means:

If I rub my thumb against my index and middle finger quickly, it means:

In English, if we want to  say "me", we point to:

In the 1990s, if someone made an L with their hand and put it on their forehead, it meant:

If I put my right hand over my heart, it means:


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226 Comments on “English Conversation: The Meaning of Hand Gestures”


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Simply fascinating. Anyway, I’d like to give you a little suggestion: in my Country the gesture that you call “rock on” represents a heavy insult.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    …Good thing to know!

    Saturday, March 19th 2016

      Because of you Emma I finished this long video snap snap! such an interesting lesson!
      Thanks a lot Emma.

      Sunday, April 3rd 2016

    Emma :). V sign is a Victory sign. Many people misunderstand this.
    http://ww2today.com/20th-july-1941-v-for-victory-widespread-across-europe
    “Rock on” is a sign of the horns and has its origin in satan movement in the middle ages and then in the heavy matal and black sabbath music genre.

    Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

    :D rock on vs cornuto ;P

    Saturday, March 26th 2016

In Italy we detest who quote

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    Yes..! the same in Argentine, here mostly teens do a lot of gestures while speaking and are regarded as obscene behaviour…By the way, it’s a nice and funny lesson…

    Friday, April 22nd 2016

      sorry about that, but make some gestures is better English..

      Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Does v sign mean victory also?

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    mean “up yours(f*c* you)

    Thursday, March 24th 2016

Thank You so much EMMA. I was confused some of these HAND GESTURES before I watch your video. But now you clear my mind.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

GET THE BILL is totally unknown to women! And, anyway, tha last one is Mork’s way of sayng hello. Nano nano!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    Saying…

    Thursday, March 17th 2016

I see that our modern culture inherited the most part of these gestures, but some of them are new for me. Thank you very much Emma!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Interesting! Thank you Emma :)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

i got 10

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thanks Emma!!!Nice video!!!Thumbs up ;)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

it’s great thanks Emma

Thursday, March 17th 2016

I did not imagine so many manners to express myself by gestures.
But I also try to learn the Italian and the body movements are important and nice.
Thank you Emma.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thank you Emma. your lesson is essential.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thank you very much, you are the best teacher

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thanks for the AWESOME lesson Emma.. \m/(O_o) u ROck!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Emma, Thank you very much!!!!!!! Great lesson as always!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    I do agree with you, Alessandro.

    Saturday, March 26th 2016

Thank you very much!))) Your explanation is very interesting and is’t so difficult)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

    Hi. Write me sometimes

    Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

    Hi. Im from Tajikistan. Im watching ur videos. They are the best. They help me to improve my english. Thank You so much. Im ur fun!

    Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

    hi Daria, if you want to train english language contact me on skype: CorradoGenoa

    Saturday, March 26th 2016

      Thank you, but i have an account in skype. Actually i am busy with my studying and haven’t free time, but thank you) (Also i learn english for myself)

      Saturday, March 26th 2016

        Thanks, maybe you have not an account… I am looking 4 someone to talk because that is the best way. Dasvidania ;)

        Saturday, March 26th 2016

        Thank you, but i have an account in skype. Actually i am busy with my studying and haven’t free time, but thank you) (Also i learn english for myself)

        Thursday, August 11th 2016

    hello

    Sunday, September 18th 2016

Emma ,Thank you very much in İstanbul… I am always watching your video ;)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Nice lesson. Most of these gestures have the same meaning in my country. Thanks!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thank you!)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thank you Emma and what an interesting lesson. By the way in Spain to swear some people might do hand gesture by doing a cross with both of the forefingers,so we don’t use the hand over our head.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

It is very interesting information. In my country most of these hand gestures have the same meaning like in western culture! thank you very much

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Yes, it’s so interesting that in western countres all of this meanings could be expressed by gestures. And also it’s too lucky that so many countres could be decribed like western by their current culture))

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Wow! The first brazilian here! \o/
By the way Emma, here in my country if you do the hand gesture of ‘OK’ upside down, then it will be an insult. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thanks Emma :)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

very useful lesson ,thanks a lot Emma for this lesson.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

The lesson was very cultural, interesting and fun, teacher Emma. By the way, it´s weird that the okay hand gesture is not polite at all here in Brazil. Actually, it´s another Brazilian way to say something really as offensive as the middle finger. Strange!

Thursday, March 17th 2016

the lesson is very nice, an emma describing very clearly to undestand. thnk emma

Thursday, March 17th 2016

it`s great edu clip

Thursday, March 17th 2016

thank you.

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Nice Lesson~ Love It

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thank you Emma :)

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Thanks EMMA. It was really great lesson …

Thursday, March 17th 2016

Hi Emma,love your videos. I have a question. Why some teachers say Sports can’t be substitute with an Object Pronoun…example: Do you like basketball? Yes, I watch IT.
Yes, I watch basketball
I grew up in The U.S.A. when I was a kid and we commonly use it..

Friday, March 18th 2016

very interesting.. thank you..

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thank you EMMA..I like this lesson.

Friday, March 18th 2016

wonderful lesson Emma.Thanks.

Friday, March 18th 2016

There is no way I can make the last hand gesture, my fingers are too stiff for that, as though I’m playing the guitar for the first time. VERY USEFUL!

Friday, March 18th 2016

good teacher – cute woman ! always pleasure to watch your video-classes

Friday, March 18th 2016

Excellent class, excellent instructor, all gestures showed by you Emma was clearly and objective.
Thanks for your time and share your knowledge..
It’s the way for a better future.

Friday, March 18th 2016

9/10 item. Thank you for your lesson Emma. It is very interesting and very useful.

Friday, March 18th 2016

Someone knows does Emma (or another teacher) do a personal lessons via skype?

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thank you Emma.It is very interesting, informative and useful lesson .

Friday, March 18th 2016

Emma you are very expressive. Great class!

Friday, March 18th 2016

It’s good to hear you and James.

Friday, March 18th 2016

thanks Emma, I got 10 correct out of 10.

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thank you so much Emma, this is my topic in Classroom language lesson, but how can I dwonload this video

Friday, March 18th 2016

Great lesson Emma, Thanks a lot! Here, we got these kind of hand gestures but sometimes it means different things!

Friday, March 18th 2016

Brazil, Canada and US, most of them is the same!

Friday, March 18th 2016

    Yeah it’s true! The same meaning.

    Friday, March 18th 2016

      Hello Larissa, how are you?
      I am searching someone to talk with me in English, I need practice it rs
      Would you like too?
      If you want, send me a message in my email lucas.gomes.freitas@hotmail.com or answer here.

      Friday, March 18th 2016

        hello mate i wanna improve my language too leave your sky pe or send to me on

        Sunday, March 27th 2016

          HI Kotoz
          In the moment I can´t enter in my Skype :/
          Pass your email here
          There we could search some way to we talk together
          I am waiting for your answer

          Wednesday, March 30th 2016

Thanks for teaching. Most of these gestures have the same meaning in my country. I got 8 correct out of 10. THUMBS UP Lets go!..

Friday, March 18th 2016

The funny lesson. Thanks.

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thank you so much Emma

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thank you so much for this funny and educational video!

Friday, March 18th 2016

Just a question: i thought it was “touch the wood”.
When I was in London they used to say touching instead of knocking.
Does it sound the same?

Friday, March 18th 2016

    Also I’d like to thank Emma for the clear explanation: I got 10/10.

    Friday, March 18th 2016

    Yes, “touch wood” means the same thing!

    Friday, March 18th 2016

thank you so much

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thanks for the lesson. It’s clear for mi.

Friday, March 18th 2016

*me.
thanks Emma. Nice job. I enjoy a lot…

Friday, March 18th 2016

Cool video.
Thank you, Emma!
See you! :)

Friday, March 18th 2016

Interesting lesson. Thank you Emma

Friday, March 18th 2016

Thanks Emma! You are great.

Friday, March 18th 2016

fantastic i got correct ten out of ten thnk you teacher EMMA and engvid.com

Saturday, March 19th 2016

great, I like this video.

Saturday, March 19th 2016

it is great thing to know… you did well

Saturday, March 19th 2016

Hello Emma. During your lesson I have discovered a new meaning of “to go”. Actually you used it each time you expressed that somebody is doing a hand gesture. See you.

Saturday, March 19th 2016

nice lesson Emma, very funny! lol

Saturday, March 19th 2016

    Hello joselyn, how are you?
    I am searching someone to talk with me in English, I need practice it rs
    Would you like too?
    If you want, send me a message in my email
    sonerakbyk680@gmail.com

    Sunday, March 20th 2016

    Hi Joselyn!
    I want someone to practice English and Spanish with me. I am engineering studant like you :)
    Would you like to pratice? Thank u, best wishes

    Sunday, March 20th 2016

Thanks for the great lesson !

Saturday, March 19th 2016

Thanks Emma! Thumbs up!!

Saturday, March 19th 2016

I liked this lesson so much, it was very practical , thanks a lot Emma.

Saturday, March 19th 2016

Thank you

Sunday, March 20th 2016

today this lesson went over my head because i feel bad but i want to download it again

Sunday, March 20th 2016

Good lesson. I learned a lot about the hand gestures. 👏👏👏

Sunday, March 20th 2016

good job!

Sunday, March 20th 2016

please help me, how to download lessons

Sunday, March 20th 2016

please help me, how to download alessons

Sunday, March 20th 2016

I’d like to practice my English ! I you want , add me on Skype : krloz095

Sunday, March 20th 2016

Nice! We have almost the same signs in latinamerica.

Monday, March 21st 2016

very useful.Thank you, Emma

Monday, March 21st 2016

I like to much you class

Monday, March 21st 2016

Thanks a lot but the gesture that u call rock on it means corone of satan

Monday, March 21st 2016

thank you :)

Monday, March 21st 2016

This two finger gesture isn’t a peace sign. It’s a Victory (V) sign. Many people misunderstand it.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

Sign V means peace and victory as well.I think the hands gestures are seeing in italian culture the most visibile.They cannot speak without heands and I love it!This is very useful lesson.thx:)

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

I should write down on my back and on my chest:
“Officer, please, Don’t Shoot!I am disarmed!”
:))

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

Hy Emma, I’m happy because in my first lesson, my score was 90.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

good job

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Thanks a lot, dear Emma! You are one of the best English teachers in the world!!!

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Thank you Emma 💜

Thursday, March 24th 2016

thank you emma..

Thursday, March 24th 2016

Hello Emma,

It was a great lesson, at the same time very interesting one. Body language and gestures are important for every language and culture. They help to communication a lot. In Azerbaijan, these hand gestures are mainly the same, except we don’t use “Rock on” or “Devil’s horn.”

Best Regards,
Roya.

Thursday, March 24th 2016

Good , good

Thursday, March 24th 2016

    Good , good lesson

    Thursday, March 24th 2016

I got 10 :)

Friday, March 25th 2016

Emma you re the best!!!!!!

Saturday, March 26th 2016

You’re amazing in explanation ^^ thaaaanks so much ♥

Saturday, March 26th 2016

this website is good
thanks very much engvid

Sunday, March 27th 2016

I got 10 thanks

Sunday, March 27th 2016

Thank you Emma.The last quiz gave me new hand gesture although I was wrong.

Sunday, March 27th 2016

You doing some gestures were funny, we are accustomed with Ronnie, lol
Great lesson!

Sunday, March 27th 2016

very interesting, thanks

Sunday, March 27th 2016

Emma where do you teach French? because I want you as my french teacher

Sunday, March 27th 2016

Thanks a lot Emma!!

Monday, March 28th 2016

Thanks

Monday, March 28th 2016

Hi Emma, could you explain me all and whole?

Monday, March 28th 2016

Thanks for an amazing lesson.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

Thanks for your lesson.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

thanks

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

thanks for the course

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

Great lesson, Emma. I gave it the THUMBS UP. Here in Brazil, the “rock on” hand gesture can also mean “cuckold”. Bye!

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

Thank you so much, Emma! This lesson is very interesting. Usually I don’t watch such long lessons, but this video is so curious :)

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

thank you EMMA. it was very interest lesson

Wednesday, March 30th 2016

very fascinating topic :D ı have 9 correct answers in this quiz :) thank you very much Emma..love you <3

Thursday, March 31st 2016

each other gestures is using in Turkey and using same meanings,too

Thursday, March 31st 2016

Thank you Emma!

Thursday, March 31st 2016

Very nice!!! I had too much fun!!!
Thanks Emma!!!

Friday, April 1st 2016

Thanks Emma! You are great.
‘v sign’ here we use for victory

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

I just loved this video, it is really clear and interesting. Got 100 :3

Sunday, April 3rd 2016

Hi Emma
I had 100. Your test is easy. About gestures, I advice to see on youtube body gestures. You will learn that a gesture can be rude. So when I talk to a foreign. I only use my voice and my smile. Kind regards love XXX Francis

Monday, April 4th 2016

Thanks Emma

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

Thanks emma i like this lesson very much.

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

Thanks Emma. I got 100 score .

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

Thanks, you are Great!

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

thanks dear teacher really good lesson

Wednesday, April 6th 2016

oh yeah
10/10
Thank you
by the by :Emma means mother in Hebrew
have a wonderful day

Thursday, April 7th 2016

You make the lesson is easy

Thursday, April 7th 2016

Thanks a lot emma, now I know more about hand gesture in westen culture. :)

Friday, April 8th 2016

Thanks

Sunday, April 10th 2016

Thanks to Emma and all the EngVid teachers, the project is awesome.
Having watched this video, I can’t get why you need a gesture to show that you’re lying. Is it addressed to whom you’re speaking to or to an observer (maybe your friend in a company)?

Tuesday, April 12th 2016

thank you Emma

Tuesday, April 12th 2016

I like very much your lessons Emma ! thanks a lot !

Wednesday, April 13th 2016

its Excellent

Thursday, April 14th 2016

I am from Ukraine and most of gestures have the same meaning here but some of them vary. I just felt like sharing them here.

Quotes are very rarely used here.
Crazy is somewhat similar but we usually swirl our forefinger near the temple. And the one you showed usually means a person’s thinking really hard at the moment and not to be distracted.
Never saw anyone use Okay gesture, we usually use thumbs up to say we’re pleased with something.
When we want to ”get someone” we typically just bump our fist agaist the palm and stare at a person you’re showing it to. Means someone is about to get hurt.
Never saw anyone use ”let’s drink” one here. Some people click their neck a couple of times to show that. This move is typically asociated with alcoholics. For example in a conversation someone says ”Oh, don’t mind him. This old man is just (and then then they like clank their neck a couple of times with their finger). Means they think the guy is just an alcoholic.
We don’t use our fist like that when we’re to trying to catch a ride. Usually just a regular palm.
And holy shit, I could never make that StarTrek gesture, how can people do that?! It just seems to hard to keep my fingers like that.

Anyway, this lesson was fun to watch, I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you so much, Emma.

Thursday, April 14th 2016

    I have the same problem with the StarTrek gesture :-) Im also not able to hold my fingers like that :)

    Friday, June 24th 2016

I loved the video! Thanks.

Thursday, April 14th 2016

best way to learn English for me

Friday, April 15th 2016

I love it
I like your lesson Emma thank you very much

Monday, April 18th 2016

hello i am new between you

Monday, April 18th 2016

Nice class. I would like to ask something. In Spanish, when we say somenthing and do quotes, we also remark it saying that the expression or the word is “between quotation marks”. For example: Fue, entre comillas, el mejor trabajo de mi vida.
Do you also say it in English or it is just a hands gesture?
Thanks.

Monday, April 18th 2016

I got 8 thanks

Thursday, April 21st 2016

    Hi Cindy We can be friends?

    Friday, September 2nd 2016

Thank you Emma. I love it, I do it for my first time and I got 8 of 10.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

You cracked it.. Thanks for making it so simple to understand..

Friday, April 22nd 2016

The best teacher… I liked your lesson Emma

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Thanks Emma!

Pretty the same meanings in Brazil, for these hand gestures you teached.

Rubbing my hands for your next lesson!

Friday, April 22nd 2016

    taught (not “teached”)

    Friday, April 22nd 2016

Hello Emma.I´m a new member, so i´d like to let you knowing that I´m really enjoying yours lessons.

Monday, April 25th 2016

Previously when I saw somebody showing V sign with their palm inwards, I didn’t realize that that hand gesture was really offensive, and I guess even that guy wasn’t aware of that simply because they are certain about there being one kind of V sign in the world whatever the palm is inward or outward.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

The gesture “OK” it isn’t very commom in Brazil.
“OK” has two meanings in Brazil.
“OK” is the same thing in this video, something positive.

Or “OK” upside down, it can be an insult as “fuck off”, “asshole”.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

    Thank you for these information, I’ll Vist Brazil for the fest time in tow weeks .

    Thursday, May 12th 2016

if you ask me i never use gestures while speaking )
but it`s quite useful lesson anyway.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Hi, i’m from Thailand the almost your hand gestures are same in my country. Especially “Knock on wood” We used when talking about bad things of others and prevent those thing happened to us.

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Thank you very much for these important information, specifically the “L” one ,which means loser , I’ll use it specifically while I’m driving, hope no one saw this video

Thursday, May 12th 2016

Excellent video. Thanks

Wednesday, May 18th 2016

Thank You Emma :)

Sunday, May 22nd 2016

All of the gestures showing in the video are the same here in brazil. But is nice to know. Thank you.

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Thank you for teaching me hand gestures. thank’s a lot Emma. <3 :D

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

It is a funny lesson, but there are so many gestures in this lesson ,I cannot get it all at once ,so I watch this lesson twice,Now I can get it all.thank you Emma!

Friday, June 3rd 2016

Thank you Emma, I’m learning a lot with your videos. This class was particulary fun

Saturday, June 4th 2016

Hi Emma, thank you so much!

Saturday, June 4th 2016

Thanks a lot

Sunday, June 5th 2016

Thanks a lot

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

I got 100!! Thank you, Emma

Friday, June 17th 2016

THANK ^_^

Friday, June 17th 2016

Hi

good lecture…

but what is the meaning of touch wood ???

thanks

prateek

Sunday, June 19th 2016

Thanks Ema ! I saw this lesson with my daughter, and we learned good gestures and bad words :O

Monday, June 20th 2016

Thanks Emma!!! This is an amazing video!! And my score was 10/10!! I´m so happy!!

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

thanks Emma,it was a fantastic lesson

Thursday, June 23rd 2016

We almost use the same in Kenya

Saturday, June 25th 2016

SENSATIONAL … TOTALLY AWESOME

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

Excellent lesson!! Thanks Emma for your help..

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

interesting lesson I have ever heard. Thanks, EMMA~~!

Sunday, July 3rd 2016

Thank you so much miss emma for the lesson it’s really helpfull.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016

Thanks, Emma. You’re a fantastic teacher and you speak clearly. Your way to teach makes the topics easy to understand. Thank you very much!

Thursday, July 7th 2016

Emma, everyday in the morning, I used to try watching and listening your videos at least 30 minutes. In the video I really surprise meaning of “up yours” and ” V sign”. Sometimes, in daily life, we can make the mistake if you don’t understand the meaning of hand gestures. Thank you so much

Monday, July 11th 2016

Thanks!!

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

pretty interesting
thank you a billion

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

It was amazing…

Thursday, July 14th 2016

in my country some gestures hand that many people not understanding

Sunday, July 17th 2016

Thank you! What a interesting lesson.

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

Thanks for this video.

Sunday, July 24th 2016

These gestures are very closed to what we use in Egypt
Thanks very much for this lesson.
I have a question, once I noticed a gesture in a film, it looks like the money gesture but only two fingers used. I want to make sure what is its meaning. I think that it means (your wards like a violin). Is this true ?

Tuesday, July 26th 2016

So good but the last quiz wasn,t in the video..

Wednesday, July 27th 2016

Thanks Emma

Thursday, July 28th 2016

good for me & for emma

Friday, July 29th 2016

Thank you very much Emma, it really helpful

Sunday, August 7th 2016

thanks a lot emma madam.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you Emma! You are amazing teacher!

Friday, August 12th 2016

thak you very much emma,
your lesson is awesome .

Monday, August 15th 2016

amazing,i think sometime my little hand action would be more useful in daily coversation than talking, do you think so ?,thanks you a lot

Friday, August 19th 2016

I have a question…
can we use this gestures in exams like IELTS or TOFEL????

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Great lesson; thanks for new stuff, you’re very pretty with all respect

Monday, August 22nd 2016

Great

Monday, August 22nd 2016

It’s fantastic

Monday, August 22nd 2016

u r my favorite teacher ..

Friday, August 26th 2016

Thank you so much, Emma, the lesson was really helpful. Thanks

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Fingers crossed!!

Monday, August 29th 2016

Thanks Emma I really got enjoy with that lesson …BR

Friday, September 2nd 2016

thanks but i can’t understand the lesson

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

9/10 thanks a lot Emma I love you

Friday, September 9th 2016

Very cool lesson Emma!👍

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Thank you very much Emma you are so beautifull for me

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Hi Emma
If I`d to say to go toilet .

Friday, September 16th 2016

EMMA IS GOOD TEACHER..

Friday, September 23rd 2016
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