Lonely Planet Writer

This chart will bring you around the world in 42 hand gestures

Phrasebooks can be bulky and your smartphone with that useful translation app can die. What’s a traveller to do when they’re in a country they don’t speak the language of? Most of us will do what comes naturally and try to use hand gestures to get what we need. It should be a simply system but some cultures have an intricate series of hand gestures so it can be useful to know what to use (and what to avoid). The “handy” infographic from Work the World demonstrated 42 different hand gestures used in 14 countries. Why not try them out next time you’re away?

Around the world in X hand DV1