Watch your gesture: it can be perceived as offensive around the world

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HOUSTON, TX - They say a gesture is worth a thousand words.  So, if you're traveling abroad, watch your hands and keep your gestures in your pockets, alright?  They might get you into trouble.

For instance, imagine a business meeting overseas.  "Hey!  I like your plan", you say at the end of the presentation with the A-ok sign.  Unfortunately, in Brazil, France, Australia and Germany that gesture means "you're a zero."  So, good luck closing the deal after that.

Or take the typical "fingers crossed" sign we use to wish somebody good luck.  Did you ask for a raise?  Fingers crossed!  Applying for college?  Fingers crossed!  In Vietnam, your good intentions translate into va-jayjay.   So, don't do it.

In conclusion, beware of your non-verbal communication because it can lead to messy situations.  But if you're driving in some foreign land and you try to convey a message with your middle finger, don't worry because in that situation everybody speaks American.

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