What would you do if you want to tell somebody who doesn’t know your language? When I was in Canada, I often used gestures to show non-Japanese people what I want to say instead of words which I don’t know in English. It works actually, but sometimes it is different from country to country.
Here is an example. In Western countries, the gesture waving your hand up and down with your palm down means “Get away!”What does this gesture mean in your country?
The gesture means “Come here” in Japan. This difference is quite surprising for Western people. Therefore, Japanese people are often misunderstood with the gesture when they call people from other countries. (Don’t be angry and go away even if you see the gesture in Japan!)
Does the gesture have different meaning in your country?