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Body language and gestures

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Identifying common gestures in English and compare with Spanish

Identifying common gestures in English and compare with Spanish

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  • 1. Body language and gestures
  • 2. What is body language?• It’s communication using your body.• We use gestures instead of sounds.• Gestures make speaking easier to understand.
  • 3. Gestures with your hands• Waving – To say hello and goodbye.• Clapping – When something is really good.• Crossing your fingers – For good luck and hope.• Shaking hands- When you greet someone.
  • 4. Gestures with your head • Nodding- To say yes and to agree. • Shaking your head- to say no and disagree
  • 5. Gestures with your face• Winking – For a shared secret.• Yawning – When tired or bored.• Sticking out your tongue – Mocking or flirting with somebody.• Making faces – For disrespect or trying to be funny.
  • 6. Other gestures • Shrugging your shoulders- to show doubt and lack of interest. • Stamping your feet – To show anger. • Folding your arms – To show that you are not satisfied.
  • 7. Explain the following:
  • 8. Spanish gestures v English gestures• Pinky promise – used to make promises to you friends.• Greetings- we only shake hands.• Air quotes – to indicate a quote. Also used with sarcasm.• Loser- an offensive gesture.

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