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What are some common French gestures?

For example, in English:

-nodding = yes

-shaking head = no

-beckoning = come here

-showing middle finger = curse

-rolling eyes = disdain/ignorance

-pointer+middle finger v= peace

What are some common ones for French that any of you know or have seen?

August 22, 2017



A slight tug below one eye. "Mon oeil., Meaning, you're kidding me. You're pulling my leg. You jest.


Shrugging: both shoulders and sometimes just one. Pouting. The examples you gave pertaining to English too. The finger gestures you mentioned... not exactly, but I'm sure they show up sometimes due to American movies and TV influence.

You may want to watch some youtube videos (when you feel like it, of course) and you'll see lots of gestures. The hands are used a lot for emphasis and expressing emotions. IMO, nothing outlandish or uncommon. It's all natural unless something unusual happens or it's a performance. And, as always, it depends on the person.


taking all your fingers and putting them against your lips


What does it mean?


OK I see! And this involves bulging eyes, no?


Well if you mean wide opened then yes !


Ok I see, thanks!


It means you have made something tasty or it is a masterpiece


There is one that means something quite inappropriate, but it's the only one I know. It's the same gesture as the English "perfect". You make a circle with your index finger and thumb, and with the rest of your fingers, you fan them out. My advice, don't use it. I'm not going to say what it means.


What. to me (as a French), it means "perfect" or "all fine" as well...


Yes, in English, it means that also...


Yeah, I was told to never use the okay sign in Brazil as it means something quite different.

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