How important is the Italian sign language?

Body gestures and their meanings in different countries

Original question : How important is the Italian sign language?,Answer : i think that you mean body language amd not sign language.

,I mean : almost every single country have is own sing language that is used by the autoctone deaf community.

The importance of those sign languages change based on how many people talk about it.

For example : italian language is very important in Italy, Vatican City and San Marino but English is important everywhere because it is the language of international comunication.

In the deaf community it is the same, every single sign language is important in the country where it is used but the most important one is IS : International Sign language.

So, the Italian sign languages is very important in Italy for comunicate with deaf italian people or for comunicate with Italian if you are a deaf tourist in Italy.

,Italian sign language alphabet :,As you can see : some sign are similar but some others are different and obviously the words in those 2 sign languages are different too.

This is Auslan : Australian sign language alphabet.

,Now, i dont think that you are really talking about italian sign language but about italian body language, which is different because sometimes we dont comunicate with only gesture but even with some eyes movement or some body posture.

Now, how important is the Italian body language? Very important if you cant talk in italian not so important if you can talk well in italian.

,First of all : Why italians use body language?,There are 2 very strong opinions :,Some italians generically say that body language is for talk with foreigners or with ourself, this is tied to the centuries of internal divisions and invasion that bring italians to talk in different dialects that directly come from latin.

,Some other italians say the opposite : that body gesture is for talk with other italians without beign understand by invaders.

The german philosophist Walter Benjamin said : u201c The mimic language is used in Italy.

Its meaning is impenetrable to every stranger.

Ears, nose, eyes, chest, shoulders, are means of expressive communication, which are related by the fingers.

This subdivision is also part of their sophisticatedly specialized eroticism.

Service gestures and impatient touches escape the stranger with a regularity that excludes the case.

u201d,None of those 2 is founded, the body language was really probably already used by Latins (the tribe that founded Rome) and other italic tribes in ancient times and every foreigners in Italy can assure you that italians use body language even when we are in a phone conversation and the other person cant see us.

Plus, i am sorry to destroy foreignersu2019s hearts but we dont do it because we have u201c a sophisticatedly specialized eroticism u201c (whatever this mean, i have no idea).

Italian body language is very important if you cant speak in Italian because, as this guy in this video say, you can form a whole phrase with Italian body gesture but if you can correctly talk in italian you dont need it.

,Italian body language is just as a secret language that serves to make it easier , stronger, more decisive what were saying.

Do we sometimes use it to communicate without being understood or heard? Of course, but it was born with the simple purpose of making communication more effective.

Hand gestures and their meanings list

Oh my - so many things! I had absolutely zero idea of what Japanese culture would be like the first time I visited.

Before I went to jail, I had almost no problems with culture shock.

Every person I met was incredibly polite and didnu2019t seem to mind that I was butchering the language - but after going to jail that all went out the window!,These are my three biggest instances of cultural shock, and my answer may get somewhat long, so I will put a TL;DR right here:,Hand GesturesBathingEarthquakesRead on to find out why these were so shocking to me! :-),Hand GesturesI was so very confused for so long because of those damn hand gestures!,In America, we have some basic hand gestures that we are used to.

You may not even be aware of it, but if you live in the US, you use these hand gestures.

They have been coded into your DNA.

(Trust me on this one!),Here are a few examples of American hand gestures:,Stop:Pointing can be very rude in other countries:OK:You would think this one would be universal, right? (It basically is - but never count on that for a fact!),In America, this is how we refer to ourselves:,u201cI am referring to myself!u201dNow, throw all those out, because once you enter an entirely Japanese situation, no one will know what these mean!,Iu2019m going to mix them up, and you try to guess what they mean (Iu2019ll put the answers at the bottom),Confused yet?,Here are the answers:,No Good, or Stop.

Referring to someone else: (never point, it is terribly impolite!)OK! (The American u201coku201d symbol can also be used, but as I said - never assume that!)This is how you refer to yourself in Japan.

Pointing to your chest will only cause further confusion!It took me several weeks to pick up on the fact that me pointing to my chest made everyone think I had a heart problem.

I donu2019t know WHEN it clicked that I was incorrect, but luckily, one day it finally did.

,Many many thanks to Tofugu (Japanese Body Language And Gestures) for their amazing article explaining Japanese body language! Iu2019ve been lost for years trying to explain the differencesBathingBathing is different in America vs Japan.

I wonu2019t go into terrible specifics, but I will say there was a large stainless steel tub in the shower room at my jail facility, and on u201cshower dayu201d (which was Tuesdays and Saturdays) the guards would fill it with hot water at the start, and not empty it until everyone was finished bathing.

,The tub looked like this, only without the fancy accoutrements:,I can almost feel the cringe from Americans through the internet! u201cOMG - you mean all the people used the same tub??u201d,Yes, they did.

This is possible if every person washes themselves before entering the soaker tub.

That way you are already u201ccleanu201d and are then just enjoying a bit of a soak.

,I can still hear the cringe - but hey, it is a cultural difference.

Donu2019t knock it till ya tried it! It can be especially comforting after you have been sitting on a hard tatami floor for several days at a time.

;-),EarthquakesYou may be asking yourself u201cWhat the hell? Why are Earthquakes on her list?u201d,Well Iu2019ll tell you!,Since I have lived in California for several years, I became fairly accustomed to earthquakes.

They were never my favorite thing, and have always given me a bit of a scare every time.

,In California, when a big enough earthquake happens, usually everyone goes outside and meets with their neighbors to say u201cHoly Crap, did you feel that?? What do you think it was, like a 6.

0? Wowu2026earthquakes, man.

u201d,In Japan, no one said a goddamn word.

,One day, I was woken by an earthquake shaking north to south, and then later in the day I was rattled by an earthquake shaking from east to west.

,I was freaking terrified!!,Now imagine me sitting in my cell, with my cellmate.

We are both reading a book when an earthquake happens.

The look on my face was something like this:,Iu2019m expecting the guards to run down the halls shouting u201cEarthquake!u201d,No one made a sound.

In the entire place! NOTHING!,At one point, my cellmate looked over at me, smiled and said, u201cu5730u9707u201d (jishin, or earthquake) and then went back to her book.

,Quiet calm is something that is very important in Japanese culture.

I honestly donu2019t know how it is managed, but Iu2019m incredibly jealous of it!

Offensive hand gestures

In most countries, the answer is yes.

,The crime would be: u2018insulting a government employeeu2019.