The old stereotype of Italians is, amusingly enough, quite true: they do use their hands quite a lot. Alan complains that every time he goes back to Australia his hands forget how to speak Italian.
Learn these basic gestures and then try to recognize them in this funny video of two British friends going to Italy. Have fun!
For your paralinguistic pleasure we hereby embellish our “Italian for Beginners” section with some common gestures. Keep in mind that the meaning of many gestures is dependent upon what is being said so listen hard to the conversation’s soundtrack as well.