Thursday, 29 January 2009

The Gallic Shrug

If you want to communicate then sometimes non-verbal communication is much more powerful. I tend to think non-verbal is more important than verbal communication in English as well as French.

Perhaps the most important gesture is the Gallic shrug. Tip your head to the left or the right and shrug your shoulders. If you do this quickly it is a sign of indifference - as if you were saying bof. In fact practice the gesture and say bof at the same time. A slow shrug suggests uncertainty.

If you really want to get to grips with the Gallic shrug you also need to raise your eyebrows and stick out your bottom lip. You can get away with your hands in your pockets but the final element of the shrug should be to raise both hands to shoulder level.

Should there be more French words in today's French blog? Bof (I don't know and I don't care).

A bientôt

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