Italians talk using their hands. It’s a matter of fact!
We use gestures to express ourselves and probably this depends on our history and it’s in our DNA.. who knows.. but it’s true: we cannot avoid gestures while speaking and if we had to speak with our hands tied… well, I don’t know if it could be possible!!!
Sometimes people from Anglo-Saxon countries are amazed about my rich use of gestures when talking: I use gestures unconsciously as any Italian does and consciously when I want to explain better what I am telling and to describe what we are looking at. 🙂
So there’s a wide collection of Italian gestures and a lot of people try to explain and copy them, but it’s not so easy! You can try, for example, to reproduce these from the picture:
THESE from The New York Times (A short lexicon of Italian gestures) may be easier because they are animated! And on the same Url, watch to the VIDEO and you will really enjoy our second national language!