That says it all

Excellent interactive feature in the New York Times today about the use of hand gestures in Italian communication. Too good to be described, so I’ll just give you the link: A Short Lexicon of Italian Hand Gestures. And here’s the related article with video.

If you’d like something further on the subject, to place on your shelf of reference materials, or to instruct you in the ways of communicating without words, I recommend this charming book, which I’ve linked to the English translation at


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6 Responses to That says it all

  1. PEIROUX says:

    Hi Charlotte !!
    Accolay on Friday for 10 days …
    some wine or saucisson or cheese no ??or all of them …
    kisses ❤

  2. dayphoto says:

    Excellente! I had a delightful laugh and chuckle here and there!


  3. cecilia says:

    I needed this when I lived in Italy, right at the moment I long to live back there again.. and then i shall pop in for wine and cheese with your friend above!! c

    • You lived in Italy!!??? I had no idea…this is a very fun factoid indeed. The question is: why? When? Where?

      • cecilia says:

        Whe i worked in film, as a PA for film director we shot a film (A Good Woman) on the Amalfi Coast.. We were not there long as I had to do come work in Rome too, but altogether we were there about four months, not exactly qualifying as living there but i did have a house! and the people in the market knew me by name, after the first week the man in the cafe (using gestures) convinced me to come and drink my coffee standing up at the bar like a local.. oh it was lovely.. we had a huge marble house overlooking the med but within walking distance of Amalfi. Though i spent a LOT of time in Rufello (did I spell that right?) way up high.. just a dreamy little town. The son of the fellow who owned a glorious hotel and restaurant up there wanted to take me out ! Ha!! Wonderful memories of a very busy period. c

  4. Debra Kolkka says:

    I love the hand gestures and find that I have adopted a few unconsciously myself.

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