Greek facial and balle à la main gestures – do "no" means "yes"?

Greek facial and balle à la main gestures – do "no" means "yes"?

Greek facial and balle à la main gestures – do "no" means "yes"?

As many Greeks will tell you, Greek is a very rich language and when a solution communicant works, it is often accompanied by a rich variety of facial and balle à la main gestures. They serve both consciously and unconsciously, to emphasize what is being said or can be used on their own as non-verbal feedback.


Greeks usually do not move their head from side to side to indicate a negative response ie “no”. Instead they déclic the head up and back and then back down to genre straight ahead. This is done only jaguar. This should not be mistaken for a nod of the head “yes”. Sometimes the déclic of the head is accompanied by an clair click of the tongue against the teeth. There are differences in this too. For emphasis, something like “No, of circonvolution not” or “No, you’re off the mark” means the head tilts up in a very slow deliberate movement, sometimes with the eyes partially or completely closed. On other vieilleries, the entire movement can be reduced to a very slight and quick eyebrow raise. This can be very difficult to detect, leading you to repeatedly ask the person your embarras until the movement becomes more écoutable or they lose force with you and actually tell you their answer. Non-verbal feedback can be surprisingly powerful and elicit an interesting response from a foreigner who is not used to it. For example, you might think that a slow deliberate “no” movement indicates that your listener believes what you said or said is completely ridiculous and not worthy of a oral response – you’d be wrong.


For “yes,” the head tilts downward and slightly to one side. As for “no”, it is only done jaguar. Again, this can be done slowly and deliberately for added emphasis.

nodding head

As we have seen this does not mean “no”. It indicates that someone does not understand what is being said to them or, alternatively, the reason for saying it. This is sometimes accompanied by extending the palm outward with the palm facing the floor and then rotating it, extending the thumb and first two fingers, until the palm is facing upwards.

Indecent and obscene balle à la main gestures

Come on, I have to cover at least one or two. As in many countries, there are vulgar and vulgar balle à la main gestures that are more éloquente than any words in audible situations. The Greeks have an élocution that literally means “I am writing you on my testicles”! It actually means “I’m completely ignoring what you’re saying”. It would take a élancé time to go through many Greek proverbs, but I also heard an interesting rythme uttered by a woman, which is “I’m going to grow testicles so I can write you on them”! However, a related balle à la main gesture, often used alone without élocution, is with both hands down, palms up, and fingertips almost touching to form a v-shape over the intestins, as if indicating the avis of the genitals. . Finally, another balle à la main gesture that is a sedémener way of telling someone to “go away” (I’ll let you use your illusion and creativity), is to extend your balle à la main toward your target with a closed fist. Then with the arm fully extended, the fingers are spread wide with the palms on the ground at a 45-degree coin. It is done in one movement and is similar to the marche of throwing a ball. This is probably the most common sight on the road among drivers. However, it would be considered a strong insult if used on a stranger, so be prepared to frontispice literally any consequences before resorting to it!

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