They say if you don’t know the language of a country you’re visiting, body language of signs and gestures will always help you out. Well, this might be the case up to a point. But only up to a point. And body language is not even a language. Check this out:





  • emblem – a sign
  • sufficient – enough; adequate
  • indicator – a thing that indicates the state or level of something
  • odor – a distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one
  • gross – very rude or coarse; vulgar
  • acquaintance – a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend
  • alleviate – make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
  • twirl – spin quickly and lightly round, especially repeatedly
  • anxiety – a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome
  • tilt – move or cause to move into a sloping position
  • marine – relating to or found in the sea
  • invertebrate – an animal lacking a backbone


Think about it

Answer the questions below. Pause at times indicated in brackets.

  • Why don’t experts really like the term “body language?” (0:35)
  • Why do we use body language? (1:03)
  • What do the numbers 60 and 65 refer to? (1:13)
  • What are micro expressions? (1:51)
  • What can a good posture help you with? (2:12)
  • What do some scientis say the handshake evolve from? How was it examined? (2:50)
  • How does the size of personal space differ from culture to culture? (3:23)
  • What is limbic synchrony?(4:06)
  • What can head tilting help you with? (4:35)
  • Give some examples of how animals use body language to communicate. (6:00)
  • Which emotions are communicated universally across different cultures? (6:18)
  • Give some examples of differences between the meaning of certain body language expressions.


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in capital letters.

Slouching is a sign of ________ RESPECT. It communicates that you’re ________ BOREDOM and have no desire to be where you are. You would never tell your boss, “I don’t understand why I have to listen to you,” but if you slouch, you don’t have to—your body says it for you, loud and clear.

The brain is hardwired to ________ EQUAL power with the amount of space people take up. Standing up straight with your shoulders back is a power position. It ________ MAXIMUM the amount of space you fill. Slouching, on the other hand, is the result of collapsing your form—it takes up less space and ________ PROJECT less power.

Maintaining good posture commands respect and promotes ________ ENGAGE from both ends of the conversation.

Answers: http://www2.forbes.com/leadership/15-body-language-blunders-successful-people-never-make/2/


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