I am a girl of many expressions. Husband isn’t the first to tell me that my “face says it all.” My facial expressions could tell a story before the story is told and the rest of my body follows suit. That’s the legacy of a latino; we speak with our whole body. Dominicans are no exception. Like most latinos, they speak with their hands but there are two very Dominican nonverbal expressions that are vital to life here (complete with gif examples).
The I Didn’t Hear You Nose Shrug
No, you don’t smell bad. This is simply a way of letting you know that they didn’t hear something.
The Location Pointer Lip Pout
Not to be confused with an air kiss. This isn’t part of a catcall; it’s a finger point with your mouth.
Where’s my purse?
In what direction is the nearest colmado?
(UPDATE: I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT THIS ONE. Even my daughter does it.)
The No, No Finger Wag
You could say the actual words all you want but until you finger wag, your disapproval isn’t valid.
Do you want to buy an avocado?
How about a mango?
And what about this mango?
Street vendor leaves.
Any I missed? Are there any nonverbal expressions you make?
~ UNTIL THE NEXT BOTTLE ~
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