Gestures and Body Language in Brazil

Going to Brazil? Make sure you know the basics of talking with your hands.

  • The O.K. hand signal a rude gesture in Brazil
  • To express appreciation, a Brazilian may appear to pinch his earlobe between thumb and forefinger
  • To invoke good luck, place your thumb between your index an middle finders while making a fist. This is also known as the “fig”
  • Flicking the fingertips underneath the chin indicates that you do not know the answer to a question