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Body language is more universal than the spoken language

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Body language is more universal than the spoken language

Some researchers have said that it is universal

however do not different cultures

have different body language

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http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/02/body-language-is-more-universal-than-the-spoken-language.html

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February 25, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pentaan

The body language of foreign countries is always something to be really careful with. Gestures that might be normal in your culture can be not understood or even taken as an offence in other countries.
These two I observed in Bulgaria:

• Yes/No
Be aware that Bulgarians shake their head when they mean “yes” and move it up and down when they mean “no”.
– and sometimes reverse these gestures if they know they’re speaking to foreigners, thereby complicating the issue further.
Emphatic use of the words da (yes) and ne (no) should help to avoid misunderstandings.

Sources:
https://karinsfernweh.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/bulgarian-culture-for-beginners-iii-body-language/

http://www.nataliyanedkova.com/bulgarian-and-british-language-and-cultural-differences/

February 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dutchesse722

I would respectfully disagree with those researchers who claim body language is universal. If they have travelled to or in other countries at all, they'd know that body language can vary quite a bit between countries and cultures, and that a particular gesture accepted in one culture may be highly offensive in another. Here's a good article on it: http://westsidetoastmasters.com/resources/book_of_body_language/chap5.html.

February 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SalihanGRB

Hey guys, body language is something that i have been sooo much obsessed with recently.

Well, here when they say ''universal'' actually it is misunderstood. Here the point is the body language that refers to feelings are universal. Its all the same...

Fear, anger, happiness, sorrow, excitement, embarrasment, worry and etc

Everybody shows the same reaction except for people with psychological problems. For example, If a card of a beautiful young lady is shown, anyone can feel good and gesture so... If you see a card of a wild murder, anyone can feel bad and gesture that way. But for those with psychological problems, they sipmle react vice versa

Hope this helps

February 25, 2017
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