global guide to cultural hand gesture

A Comprehensive (and Strangely Humorous) Guide to Cultural Hand Gestures

For avid travelers, showing respect towards local cultures is a necessary part of being a guest in someone else’s country. Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to offend is through the use of our pre-wired cultural hand gestures. Scrolling through this infographic, one can’t help but laugh (and be appalled) at some of the extremely different meanings for certain gestures such as crossed fingers in Vietnam (female genitals) versus crossed fingers in Australia, US, UK, Canada (good luck). Check out the rest of this guide to cultural hand gestures and let us know if there are any others that are not shown here.


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The Culture-ist