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Written by Shubham on June 1, 2015 Share on

Body-Language Which You Shouldn’t Use Abroad!

Every country has its own culture and tradition. Its not mandatory that the gestures you use in your country will have the same meaning in some other country. So checkout the list of offensive gestures that you have to be careful about while travelling overseas.

1. The Okay

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Your Version : It was amazing without any trouble!

Their Version : Its been nothing but trouble, you can all go to hell!

Offensive In : Brazil.

2. The Thumbs Up

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Your Version : All the Best!

Their Version : Up Yours!

Offensive In : Switzerland, France, Iraq  and Iran.


3. The Crossed Fingers

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Your Version : Wish me good luck!

Their Version : Yes, I hate this, and hence I’m making a sign to represent female genitalia.

Offensive In : Vietnam.

4. The ‘V’ Sign

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Your Version : (With the palm inward) : Peace out!

Their Version : This is war!

Offensive In : New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia.

5. The Point

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Your Version :  I want that!

Their Version : Those things are terrible!

Offensive In : Italy.

6. The Outward Hand

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Your Version :  This is more than enough.

Their Version :  I am gonna rub handfuls of dirt on your face.

Offensive In : Pakistan and Greece.

7. The Horned Fingers

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Your Version : The world is amazing!

Their Version : Your wife is sleeping with someone else.

Offensive In : Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Brazil and Italy.

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  • […] What if you are planning to go on a holiday off the beaten track and you end up in a place where you can’t even communicate to the native people to ask for a glass of water? That will give you a tough time. Make sure that you will be able to communicate properly with the native people of the chosen destination. P.S: Don’t rely on signs. Read: Body language which you shouldn’t use abroad. […]