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Body language basics

By Thomas Berger
September 29, 2021
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Illustrations by Jason Lee

Five ways to say no around the globe—without uttering a word.

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Bulgaria • Greece • Malta
Slowly move your head up and back (like half of a nod).

Afghanistan • Iran
Move your head up and back (as above) and click your tongue once.

Brazil • Ecuador • Italy • Mexico
Extend your index finger and move it side to side.

Lebanon • Turkey
Raise your eyebrows one to three times* while clicking your tongue. * Challenging for the Botoxed

China
Hold your hand in front of you, palm facing out, and wave it from side to side.

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