Gestures in Lebanon

Video Transcript

(Note: This transcript has been edited for readability.)

"I gesture a lot when talking. It’s a way of expressing myself. If I’m doing this, if somebody, for example, we're arguing. Arguing, and the debate is really heated, I can do this. 'Slow down, slow down.' This is not well seen in the States. But parents will do this all the time. Like, 'Hey. Be careful. I warned you.' This is very important. I mean it’s common practice to use this to reprimand somebody, for example. Not specifically a child, but even adults, if they are talking. 'I told you, do not do this.' Even in politics, or in life, you use gestures all the time."

In this video, a Lebanese national discusses some of the hand gestures common in Lebanon