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