After my semi-successful attempt in January to interpret French body language, my favorite virtual French teacher, Géraldine, has come to my rescue again with her helpful new lesson: 12 Common French Gestures.
Finally a clear explanation of j’ai du nez: tapping the side of your nose = I have a good instinct/idea; I have flair; and she offers up a few new ones that I have seen a lot of lately but had not quite understood correctly:
- Je m’ennuie (making a sort of shaving motion along your jaw line with your fingertips curled in) = I’m bored
- Cassé! (a sideways karate chop) = Gotcha! or I win!
Follow Géraldine weekly on Comme une française TV every Tuesday. Moi, j’adore.
|To indicate that someone is drunk, the French say “Il a un verre dans le nez” or “Il a un coup dans le nez.”Make a loose fist, hold it up in front of your nose, and twist your hand (as you would rev a motorcycle) while tilting your head the other way.Register – familiar|
|Also see the On boit gesture.Start over Gesture 14 – Aïe, aïe ! Gesture 16 – J’en ai ras le bol|