Each culture is used to certain gestures and movements to communicate, but not in all cultures these, have the same meaning, sometimes what for us can be perfectly understandable in other countries is misinterpreted or vice versa. Our body language helps us communicate more easily without using words. These are some gestures that are used in various countries of the world, but they have totally different meanings in each of them. If you are planning a trip, this can help you understand other cultures better.
The gesture of pointing with the index finger is believed and seen as very impolite gesture. However, it is one of the first gestures we learn in life and use the most. Usually, it works to point objects or indicate a location in the western countries.
Pointing in the Middle East
Extending a finger and pointing with it, is considered impolite by many cultures, but especially in the Middle East, as it is seen as a great lack of respect to any person who is designated. For this reason they usually keep their hands behind them.
Crossing fingers has become a very popular gesture, especially among young people and children. This simple gesture can have different meanings depending on the context, although the main and most popular around the planet is to wish luck.
Crossing your fingers in Vietnam
Crossing fingers in Vietnam has a totally different meaning to the previous one. It is a sign that is considered rough because it refers to a part of the female body. So you know, don’t try to ask for good luck in Vietnam.
In this gesture the tips of the index finger and the thumb are touching each other and the remaining three fingers stay vertical. This sign means "good or excellent" in the United States and Latin American countries.
The variation of meaning in other countries
In Germany it can be a way of telling someone that he has lost his mind, in Greece it is used to refer to a body part and considered obscene and in France it is used to indicate a zero or valueless amount.