Italian gestures

A gesture is worth a thousand words…


Love. Fury. Passion. Italians are well known for expressing themselves through body language and hand gestures, as if the feelings inside them can’t be expressed in words, but require an accusing finger, an appeal to the heavens, a shake of the fist.

 I higly recommend you this lovely book, first published in 1958 by Milanese artist and graphic designer Bruno Munari. Charming black-and-white photos and wry captions evoke an Italy of days gone by…

Munari’s pocket-sized version features frugally descriptive text and ample, elegant black-and-white photographs of hand-gestures for everything from mundane activities like reading and writing to emotive expressions of praise and criticism.

Let’s have a quick look inside together:

  1. NON ME NE IMPORTA – I DON’T CARE

2. CHE PESO! – WHAT A BORE!

3. NIENTE! – NO GOOD!

4. ECCELLENTE ! – EXCELLENT!

5. IDEA! – I’VE GOT AN IDEA!

Speak Italian – The fine art of the gesture – can be found on Amazon.

If you are interested to see some more basic Italian gestures, please see highlighted stories —> our Instagram account – @espressoitalianoonline

Un abbraccio,

Agata

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