“We Italians like to say that a gesture is more valuable than a thousand words.” – Silvia Marchetti
Ma Che Vuoi? (“What the hell are you saying?”) and Ma Va Va (“Get Lost”) are just few expressions not told, but conveyed through hand gestures.
You don’t have to go to Italy to see how Italians use hand gestures. Just watch an Italian movie!
Don’t forget the Mafia sign Occhio (Eye) that means “Beware, I’m watching you every step you take”.
Believe it or not, I received the “Occhio” warning a couple of years ago from an IT director when I worked for a municipality – not in Italy, but in Canada!
You never know when you will get the “Occhio”, so be prepared: learn about the Italian hand gestures expressions from the excellent CNN article published by Silvia Marchetti.