Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Essential Italian Hand Gestures Everyone Should Know, Especially The One About Sex.

If you find that your browser history is totally dominated with links to antipasto recipes, charming Tuscan villas, and inexpensive European airline website, that might mean that you're hankering for a trip to Italy. Before you start booking tickets, you might want to familiarize yourself with how to communicate in Italian - and we're not just talking about the language.

In Italy, body language is just as important as spoken word, and Italians are known for having a diverse variety of hand and facial expressions. In fact, there are so many physical expression that some say they could make up an entire dictionary of their own. If you're going to find yourself in the country any time soon, do yourself a favor and learn these handy expressions. Warning: Knocking the air with your fist doesn't mean what you think.

'E corn (The horns) Ma che stai a dì/ma che vuoi? ("What the hell are you saying?")

'E corn (The horns)    Ma che stai a dì/ma che vuoi? ("What the hell are you saying?")

'Ntze (No direct translation, but means "no")

'Ntze (No direct translation, but means "no")

Ma va va ("Get lost," "F-off") Ti faccio un coso così ("I'll make yours this big")

Ma va va ("Get lost," "F-off")  Ti faccio un coso così ("I'll make yours this big")

Me stai qui ("I can't stand you")

Me stai qui ("I can't stand you")

Grattata (The scratch) 'Ntaccatu (Sicilian dialect, means something like "smart move")

Grattata (The scratch)     'Ntaccatu (Sicilian dialect, means something like "smart move")

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