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Italian hand gestures explained

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http://italyfromtheinside.com - Have you ever wondered what Italians mean with those hand gestures? Now you get to learn some of them yourself. Paolo Tosolini is demonstrating how to speak in Italy with your hands.
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braun rush (10 days ago)
who knows, what does gesture mean? palm/hand up two fingers bend (small and ring) two fingers (f*ck and forefinger) like a gun and on top of them big thumb
braun rush (10 days ago)
ok, thank you for the dialogue
Paolo Tosolini (10 days ago)
braun rush no no I don’t know what that gesture means at all.
braun rush (10 days ago)
sorry. this gesture means: I doesn't ring a bell
Paolo Tosolini (10 days ago)
@braun rush Unfortunately, It doesn't ring a bell
braun rush (10 days ago)
thank you, Paolo. No )) I mean this gesture, look at the picture http://saveimg.ru/show-image.php?id=3404fd3c67c098f86e2e35b233083f39
Alisia Miller (2 months ago)
I didn't know that. LOL
Ferns (3 months ago)
Hi there! Please, could you tell the meaning of this gesture that Quagliarella does after scoring the goal? https://youtu.be/8yuqC7ym1kc Grazie!
Ferns (3 months ago)
It's all right👍many thanks for answering me
Paolo Tosolini (3 months ago)
Ferns actually I don’t know what that means.
Graviler (7 months ago)
not loud enough, if you're speaking italian your neighbor should know it.
Rita Fellin (1 year ago)
No capice.
Toru Koroshi (1 year ago)
Hey at least Money is universal.
Lucera Sputafuoco (1 year ago)
Vaffanculo has another gesture. Put your left forearm out in front of you. Position it as though it were broken and you're wearing a cast or sleeve. Next make a fist of your right hand then forcefully smack your forearm into the palm of your left hand.
braun rush (10 days ago)
hello Lucera Sputafuoco, maybe you know, what does gesture mean? palm/hand up two fingers bend (small and ring) two fingers (f*ck and forefinger) like a gun and on top of them big thumb
LolloBlue96 (11 months ago)
The Bras d'Honneur, also known as Umbrella gesture or Italian salute. Quite famous, I agree. (Ovviamente non poteva includere tutti i gesti o arriverebbe a ottant'anni prima di finire hahaha)
Neil Creamer (1 year ago)
That's my preferred version! :)
Amir khan (1 year ago)
I have spent months studying learning Italian online and found an awesome resource at Hartlyn language lessons (google it if you are interested)
Ever Green (1 year ago)
Tarinia Doomarenn (2 years ago)
Italians are funny when they talk with their hands...
Amy (2 years ago)
My dad was all Italian, and my mom was all Irish. So I had quite a heated home growing up. I'm definitely red-blooded, considering my DNA.
Stefanella Sizzarettia (6 months ago)
Same only my mom is italian and my dads irish
Amy duh everyone's red blooded that's the color of our blood FRIRND
Alex Kozinski (2 years ago)
This is pretty funny and, best I can tell, accurate.
RedThebigOneInfantry (2 years ago)
Or wanna be WOGS love this stuff! Peace
Gina Muzzarelli (2 years ago)
@paolotosilini Gratzie Lei :)
deathnyxvideos (3 years ago)
If you think you can speak italian using hand gestures you're ignorant, period.
Yul McMildermorphensen (4 years ago)
Italian hand gestures -explained- listed. Why does poking yourself in the eye call someone else a smart alek? That's what I want to know.
Simone Dylan (4 years ago)
what's wrong with that? there's an historical motivation why we use the hands
Giuseppe Buso (4 years ago)
Well, the most used one will probably be 1:53....  :-)
Shere Khan (4 years ago)
"Che furbo" e "Che fame" Mai visti o.o
Shere Khan (3 years ago)
Oh, really? Well, you're welcome!
SHARE H!S V!S!0N (3 years ago)
+AssassinSkizZ I can understand that, good answer thanks!
Shere Khan (3 years ago)
+sythlorde Because in 2nd World War, Japan and Italy were allies and so some of this gestures were acquired by japan people and.. lol, I don't know about what I'm talking but maybe some animator of these anime is italian (?)
SHARE H!S V!S!0N (3 years ago)
+AssassinSkizZ what I want to know is why do japanese anime characters do this sometimes
Alexxandro (3 years ago)
+AssassinSkizZ Il "che fame" nemmeno io, però il "che furbo" si, certo.
janeyre82 (4 years ago)
Come italiano del Sudest posso dire che alcuni di questi gesti non mi appartengono (quello per “ho fame”, dalle mie parti è completamente diverso), ma almeno una volta nella vita li ho visti usare tutti. Alcuni sono effettivamente un po’ forzati, desueti o scollati dal significato proposto, ma nessuno è inventato. Certo, se poi fra chi commenta vi è gente così mentecatta da pensare che a ogni parola pronunciata da un italiano corrisponda un movimento convulso delle braccia, non è che ci si possa fare niente. Chi afferma che il video contiene falsità dice una gran boiata: non tutto ciò su cui siamo ignoranti è automaticamente falso, senza contare che se c’è in Europa un paese il cui popolo non finirà mai d’imparare su se stesso, quello è l’Italia. Chi nel 2014 ha ancóra problemi a vedersi cucita addosso una fama internazionale di gesticolatore… be', li risolva, perché: primo, non ci si può liberare di qualcosa di cui non si fa il minimo sforzo per liberarsi; secondo, non vedo di cosa ci sia da liberarsi. A chi si vergogna a tal punto di questa fama da essere disposto ad “appiopparla” a una parte del Paese per dispensarne un’altra (ma è solo una scusa come tante per “vomitare verde”, dico bene?)... a costoro ricorderei che non sono passati poi tanti anni da quando il contrassegno sociale dei cosiddetti «incivili» era considerato l’uso di quei dialetti che adesso i vostri guru distillatori di grappa del mio Stivale lottano per insegnare nelle scuole. Nulla in contrario: io amo, anzi venero tutti i nostri dialetti e minoranze linguistiche, dal ticinese al lampedusano e dall'arpitano al grecanico, altrettanto intensamente quanto la lingua in cui sto scrivendo. E non ho alcun problema con nessuno dei gesti che voi fingete di disprezzare, solo perché tanto nemmeno uno fra quelli di cui fingete che v’importi l’opinione saprà mai come mangiate, parlate e cacate quando nessuno vi vede. Saltate da un'ipocrisia all'altra, ogni volta per giustificare quella precedente; e l'unico a rimetterci è il senso del ridicolo: dovevo arrivare a trent'anni per sentirmi dire che da Firenze in su hanno tutti le mani incollate ai fianchi come le mummie... Tra voi e le arie da crucchi c'è di mezzo una catena di montagne chiamate Alpi: fatevene una ragione.
janeyre82 (4 years ago)
@Pexji Gli italiani ne dicono di corbellerie, ma una così ti giuro che non l'avevo sentita mai...
myspacebarisgone (4 years ago)
Hehehe. xD Ho visto mio zio do tutti questi gesti delle mani prima.
A. Merc (4 years ago)
beautifull to see Spike Lee who makes all the time the gesture of "what fuck do u want from me ?"...in italy don 't do it or u ll have problem, because it s really rude
Mario73 (4 years ago)
Excellent video, but it didn't mention that there are two possible gestures for the "vaffanculo": for the second version, which actually is the most often used, especially between drivers, you can refer to the following link Luciana Littizzetto - Vaffanculo 2
Jenna Terranova-Frisby (4 years ago)
Huh, I wear a cornuto to prevent the Evil Eye. NEver knew it was used to say "fuck." I always say Vanculo for Fuck and Managia for Damn it. Then again I'm Italian American and that's what my family says.
MrRockleyend (4 years ago)
+m That's right. Here in Argentina (almost 70 % of people are decendents of italians, so you can imagine the heritage of italians in our culture) we use that gesture for say cuckold.  "Cornudo" we say.
m (4 years ago)
+Jenna Terranova-Frisby wow it's so interesting that you associate the red horn with men :)! Here in Naples the hand is also traditionally associated with keeping bad luck away. There's a kind of superstitious gesture for that too where you shake your hand to the ground, in the same way it's represented on the pin your mom gave you. However, when the fingers are facing upwards (just like in the video) then it means "corunto/cuckold"! I hope it's not too confusing. That's one interesting conversation we're having here :D
Jenna Terranova-Frisby (4 years ago)
. My dad wears the red "horn" he got in Capri. I personally associate the horn with men(who are often seen wearing them) so I asked my parents to buy me the hand that looks like what the guy in the video is gesturing when he says cornuto. Essentially that's the sign for mal occhio the evil eye.I wear mine as protection(i'm a little superstitious). My mom has "the hand" in mother of pearl and it was pinned on hre as an infant and she did the same for my older sister and myself as protection from jealous people who might give the evil eye. She bought one for my niece but my sister never pinned it on her. 
m (4 years ago)
wait, I think you're talking about a "cornetto napoletano" (google it and you'll find lots of pictures). "Cornuto" originally means cuckold hence the gesture with the horns but its second meaning is the one that's most used today: cornuto is what your say to describe/yell at someone unbearable (esp children) :DDD
Elisa Senza.cognome (5 years ago)
Ciao, sono una 15enne italiana. Ci sono così tanti gesti! Perchè metà erano parolacce o insulti? Hahahah Comunque bel video, intonazione e posizioni impeccabili. XD Hi, I'm a 15 years old italian girl. There are so many gestures! Why half were bad words? However nice video: perfect pronunciation and gestures. XD
ziofabio (5 years ago)
il "vaffa" lo potevi fare anche con la mano "a mandar via"
JoannaRo25 (5 years ago)
Well, good to know.
Alice Holm (5 years ago)
I really like the part with the guy in the grey sweater.
Giuseppe Dursi (5 years ago)
"MINCHIA CHE SFIGA!" -cit.
septic skull (5 years ago)
Ive got an italian boy in my school O.o
Peter Komives (5 years ago)
Really handy lesson :)
emixware (5 years ago)
cosi ‹^› ‹(•_•)› ‹^›
Alessio Vigna (5 years ago)
Do you mean the the typical gesture of don Vito Corleone (scratching his cheek with the back of his fingertips)? Or a different specific gesture? That typical gesture, made in several points of the movie, doesn't really mean anything, it's more like a tic. And, like the cotton wool in the cheeks, I would not be surprised if it was invented directly by Brando to add something to the character.
Ioannis Metaxas (5 years ago)
real pizza is greek souvlaki that was dropped and opened up yolo
Cordand (5 years ago)
Argentinians, being italian descent doesn't mean that you are italian ¿capisci? you still being argentinians
Stefano Colistena (5 years ago)
60% of Argentinans are italian descent!
John Doe (5 years ago)
Grazie, fratello mio!
Paolo Tosolini (5 years ago)
It's called ROCK-STND-FACE-IT.mp3 and it's part of the Podcast Production Toolkit 1 Sound Effects & Music by Sound Ideas
John Doe (5 years ago)
What's the name of the song in the background please?
person (5 years ago)
What is the gesture that the Godfather does when he met the Sollozo?
AliAngel (5 years ago)
stronza/o è quello che non sa riconoscere la propria cultura. Gesti sono lingua e gli italiani parlano con i gesti o no?
DefyGravity464 (5 years ago)
I thought about that! xD
Matthias Tava (5 years ago)
bravi.. divertente :)
borce miovski (5 years ago)
yes i was thinking the same thing but this are official numbers by the argentina's authorities
Roz Sa (5 years ago)
very specific lol, but it is actually a lot more than that. well in excess of 60 percent.
Aspen Cat (5 years ago)
il gesto di che palle non l'avevo mai visto cosi, per me era piu' : "ti faccio un culo cosi".
borce miovski (5 years ago)
44.52% of argentinans have italian background
Datuk Awang Kelana (5 years ago)
Hi there. Look, I'm flicking my chin at you.
Mara Strega (5 years ago)
You have already said that without gestures.
Insipidont (5 years ago)
A lot of Italians migrated to Argentina in the 19th and 20th centuries. Not only did we inherit their gestures and expressivity, we also incorporated their language into our local slang (called lunfardo), and many lunfadro words are simply italian words.
xDNachoxD (5 years ago)
En Uruguay y Argentina son muy comunes estos gestos
elmandero spepperons (5 years ago)
Thats stupid you cannot explain italian gestures, they are not like this.. They come from the earth just spontaniously, they cannot be definited like this
quinzi (6 years ago)
MINCHIA CHE SFIIIIGAAA! ahahahah xD oddio
Alex (6 years ago)
How do you say " Leek moy testocols" in italian gestures. Thnx.
evilbabygirl92 (6 years ago)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! piss off whole italy: you're doing it right
evilbabygirl92 (6 years ago)
difficult as hell to explain
evilbabygirl92 (6 years ago)
^.^ hahahahaha!!!
Angela Scafidi (6 years ago)
ah cpt... io dalla sicilia
evilbabygirl92 (6 years ago)
rimini
Angela Scafidi (6 years ago)
LMAO nobody does like any of these in italy... not even sicily where everyone talks with their hands
Angela Scafidi (6 years ago)
ahahha XD ma tu di dove sei?
evilbabygirl92 (6 years ago)
oh oh, scusi lei signorino del norditalia, dove siete avanti anni luce XDDDD
Catinawitchhat (6 years ago)
Just hold an Italian's hands together and they can't speak ;)
ZeGoonSquad (6 years ago)
I'm argentinian and italian mwahaha
Roberta Lo Cascio (6 years ago)
Well it's not strictly that rude, you see XD it is also used to simply ask "What do you want", even if it's very informal...
Ugo Tovil (6 years ago)
not really, it depends from region to region. being I from Northern Italy, for example, I don't use all of this gestures - like Stealing or I'm hungry... Anyway, the souther you go, the more gestures you will PROBABLY encounter
morgan (6 years ago)
My Italian teacher would probably kill me if I said any of these in class. lol
Xander Taylor (6 years ago)
I knew two of the bad ones without even thinking about it: Me ne frego and Vaffanculo. Easy ones.
pexji (6 years ago)
You have to know that move hands to explain something is rude language, ignorant and boor. Moreover are used in the south italy, and rarely in the north... consider this.
Metalheads in Italy probably get in trouble frequently.
writerspen010 (6 years ago)
Well, actually, I also know the money and vaffanculo ones, but no one ever gets it when I use the latter lol
writerspen010 (6 years ago)
Oh, shoot.. I do the gesture at 1:45 when imitating the Italian accent since I knew no others lol I had no idea that's what it really gets used for XD; I thought it was a more "What do you want?" type of gesture.
Zygophyllum1012 (6 years ago)
What's the hand gesture for "hey Vinny how about a pizza? i gotta no job!"
cjndejame (6 years ago)
0:42 do that infront of a hot italian girl
Mariano Comba Maggio (6 years ago)
I´m argentinian and i use all of this gestures (my ascendece is italian)
Stone Face 222 (6 years ago)
ehehehe un bel po di risate me le hai fatte fare! bravo!
Anas Anees (6 years ago)
hahaha hilarious!
Charlie RedWood (6 years ago)
Minchia che sfiga!
gorygremlin13 (6 years ago)
@SomePinkGirl Sorry no you cant, that just makes you a poser hahaha
MrSabbri (6 years ago)
Non è male, ci ha azzeccato...
heaventree ofstars (6 years ago)
@DevilMaster Thank you!
DevilMaster (6 years ago)
@kangadillo "Soldi" is more like "bucks": colloquial, but not slang. "Dough" is a slang word, and the Italian equivalent is "grana" (singular feminine).
Leandro Conti (6 years ago)
vaffanculo shemu!
Valentina Ceballos (6 years ago)
@VOICESINMYHEAD1 I was thinking the same thing, it must be because most of us are their descendants my grandma even says ' me ne frego ', now ill start using that hehe
Matthew Cheung (6 years ago)
I like pizza
Nonop Nop (6 years ago)
Cornuto=motherfucker=Metal sign!
Alexander Senoner (6 years ago)
@AVerbene i thought that's an international sign for "fuck off"
i like how the last one is fuck off
LUIGI GAROFALO (6 years ago)
The reason is that people are jealous of us Italians, if had not been for us we would still live in the dark age and still be eating raw meat even the alfabetic we use comes from the Romans
Fernando Lemos (6 years ago)
@tosolini Great video, really enjoyed it. The only shame are those ignorant folk who babble about things they do not understand, just to draw attention. Instead of doing so, they should seek a shrink, because that need for attentiont must be related to not being loved by their parents or something like that. Seriously man, good job.
NickTheBluesMan1 (6 years ago)
@mushroomartist but Doesn’t the culture from which land you were born, influence you? would'nt it be ignorant to deny the external cultural influences?
Josh Hunter (6 years ago)
"Its like they were all deaf at one point."
blahdelablah (7 years ago)
@mushroomartist Where you're raised is the most important part of your national identity. Did you grow up in Sicily or in Egypt?
Obamacankissmyass (7 years ago)
@LAFD54 Excuse me bitch?
Beauty4Aspies (7 years ago)
@LAFD54 Sounds like a disgrace of my heritage
titoli1 (7 years ago)
Most important part is the languige. Then you can understand the people
baldiprise (7 years ago)
The last one is wrong
@LouiseHans10 Well not as much as Italians then, by far...
@LouiseHans10 Wow, surprising...

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