Different gestures in different countries

Beware to use certain hand gestures. It may have different meaning in different countries.

It is actually used positively. It depicts everything is going according to the plan in UK , Europe but considered as an insult in Bangladesh . In Thailand, its a sign of condemn. In Australia, it means OK and thumb up and down alternatively means an insult.

Its using an index finger to call a person commonly. But, its seductive hand gesture in Phillipines. Even, one can be punished there for it. In Japan, its a rude gesture. In Singapore, it indicates death.

Putting thumb and index finger of one hand together mean money in India and Japan but it is a gesture of obscenity in Germany and Brazil. It means zero in France. In Turkey, it means homosexual.


It is a sign of victory in US but in UK and Australia it may be insulting. It means peace in North America..

v sign

It means to stop generally. But in Singapore or Malaysia,this sign indicates someone is hailing someones attention or asking permission to speak..

 This gesture is like an insult in Africa and Greece.



 It is considered rude in America and Europe. In USA, it means ‘you are cool’.

 This gesture is used in Great Britain when a person remembers something . But, it is considered offensive in China.

snap fingers

It is also called ‘bulls horn’ gesture. Generally, it means rock on . In Africa, its a curse .  In Italy, Spain , Portugal and Brazil, it means insult at soccer matches behind back.


 In Buddhism, this gesture means inappropriate as head top is where spirit lives.
It depicts letter ‘T’ in American sign language. In Turkey, its considered very rude.

thumb tucked under index

This gesture is used to signify that nothing bad would happen. But, in Vietnam, its considered a obscene gesture.

It may be comfortable posture for most of us while sitting with a chair and table but it could mean your coworker is penurious in Mexico and South America.

It means a drink in many countries. In China, it means number six. In Hawaii, it means to rest.


 In Belgium and France, it means to go away. In Italy, it means no.

chin flick

 It is considered very bad gesture in Saudi Arabia .By putting your index finger to the three main fingers on your other hand is considered very obscene.

 It means I find you deceitful in Southern Italy.

So, next time you use some gesture , check who is in front of you and in which country you are present.

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