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Hand gestures of different cultures

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1. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

When I'm in Mexico, I'll probably be using the thumbs up as a sign of thanks and appreciation as I don't know any Spanish what so ever. Will this be alright, or will I be exported out of the country on a boat headed for the bottom of the sea?

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y

You will be fine. Thumbs up in the Latin culture means the same as it does in the UK (I am sure) and the USA. HOLA! is always welcome too

It wont hurt for you to learn two or three words:

HOLA = hello
ADIOS = bye (you can also say bye, highly use in Latin america)
GRACIAS = thank you
POR FAVOR = please

3. Posted by kviquez (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

You will be fine as long as you have a smile when you do the thumbs up :)
I am sure noone is going to deport you for giving two thumbs up.
Just know how to orde a burger and a beer
Beer= Cerveza
Burger= Hamburguesa (amburguessa)

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Just found this hiding in lost-forum land...

On the subject of hand gestures, until recently I thought that the people on the cover of The Commitments were all giving the peace sign.

That's not a familiar gesture on this side of the water!

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