Although not as much as the Italians, we love using gestures when we talk, or sometimes even use them instead of talking. Here is a short video showing some of the Turkish gestures: gestures

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And as a bonus, you really have to learn this: how to say no in Turkish We really use it so much, I never realized it was not international until I traveled abroad. I still use it from time time and confuse my yabancı friends :)

May 6, 2015


Haha, "two teas" cracked me up! I use it almost on a daily basis. ;p

Thanks for sharing this. I saw this way of saying no in Turkish films, but I never realised that it actually had a meaning.

Is this a general Middle-Eastern thing? I've seen or heard it in Arabic and Hebrew as well.

According to a commenter on that video, Greeks use it too.

(Said commenter said "Turks don't use that, Greeks do!" thus displaying a certain amount of ignorance, so I would not take their word as law, admittedly...)

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    As an italian native, I feel discriminated ahahah I mean, gestures are common for me and... it's weird to see a video about them ahah

    Are the gestures shown in the video similar to the Italian ones?

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      Yep. Actually, sometimes we have more than one gesture to express something ahah

      Someone you know and say hello to across the street pats their opposite hand flat twice on heart. I think it means "Bye my friend"? Then I return the same gesture.

      We need a gesture to order tea without sugar.

      But tea is always served without sugar. You add the sugar yourself if you want.

      I mean when they bring the glass they usually bring two lumps of sugar on the saucer, which is sometimes too tempting for me to reject.

      Ah I see. Actually, if you don't use sugar the first time, some cafés, upon seeing that you haven't used any sugar, bring your next tea without any sugar or teaspoon! :D

      I'm not learning Turkish but I just wanted to share a very common gesture that Filipinos do. So here it goes [It's a situation]: You are a foreigner. You are currently travelling in the Philippines. You ask for directions. "Hello, where is Luneta Park?". Then you notice that that person is kissing the air. You are confused. You ask again. That person keeps kissing the air. A few minutes later, you notice that he was pointing to a direction. We Filipinos, when asked for directions, we'll most likely point through our mouth. :D

      tl;dr: Filipinos love to kiss the air, but actually they're pointing.

      Man, if I saw someone do that no gesture here I'd assume they were picking a fight.

      Chin nod = hello,

      chin nod + widening of eyes = what you looking at, punk?

      I wish I had known seven months ago when I came to Turkey how they say no. It was the most confusing thing when I noticed.

      I think the most important gesture is patting the left side of your chest and saying "Eyvallah" or "Eyv." It's like a cool way to say thanks, and it always gets a good reaction.

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