“Watch the Hands of People When They Talk” by Joan Y. Edwards
Have you ever watched how people use their hands when they talk?
When people talk, many of them move their hands in rhythm to what they are saying. Mother used to do that. When she walked with her cane, we had to stay our distance or be hit with the cane.
Italians are noted for talking with their hands. Their hands move to emphasize their words. Watch the woman on the right in the following video saying English words uses her hands to make a point:
- Motivational speakers and preachers use their hands for emphasis. The movement of the hands can show different emotions. Perhaps you can make your own list of descriptions for the emotions shown in the manuscript you are writing at present.
Most of the pictures in the Westside Toastmasters link shows a use of the fingers or hands and hidden meanings of this body language:
- Dimensions of Body Language, Chapter 7. “Evaluation and Deceit Signals:” http://westsidetoastmasters.com/resources/book_of_body_language/chap7.html
When people get angry, what do they do with their hands? They clinch their fists. They raise their arms and hands up high and slam them down on something. Visualize in your mind what you or others you’ve witnessed do with their hands when they get angry. Use these descriptions in your manuscripts to show one of your character’s displaying anger. It works better than telling.
- Molly Edmonds.”Anger Expression:” http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/anger2.htm
Many of these pictures show meanings of body language. There’s one section about hand signals.
- Guneetkandhari. “Body Language, Part 1:” http://www.slideshare.net/guneetkandhari/body-language-part-1
There is a whole language using hands. A universal sign language. Here’s a video with Melissa from Expert Village teaching you to say words: TV, ball, candy, play, yes, no, and jacket in sign language .
- Melissa. Expert Village “How to Say Common Words in Sign Language:” .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLFUF_rlRnY
Here are 100 common words in sign language from Lifeprint.com on You-Tube by Dr, Bill Vicars:
Fascinating! Speaking and understanding sign language is a gift.
Good luck with your writing.
“Teaching Social Skills in Language Arts, Body Language:” http://www.cccoe.net/social/bodylang.htm
Here’s another blogpost in my Watch series: “Watch How People Talk:” http://joanyedwards.com/2013/11/16/watch-how-people-talk/
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