Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hand Gestures Are Universal

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The handiest way to communicate with folks in foreign countries is through your hands.

That’s the travel tip from Marcy Maloy and Ron Shalita, who were booted from The Amazing Race this past Sunday (Oct. 4).

Though both speak foreign languages, the couple says their hands did all the talking when dealing with folks in Japan and Vietnam during the reality race.

They agree that hand gestures and facial expressions are the most universal forms of communication anywhere in the world.

Maloy says pantomime and singing also work, which is why she’d often serenade cab drivers and anyone who helped them.

At one point, she made-up a song with Japanese tourists that contained well-known American words like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

Meanwhile, Shalita admits his go-to way to break language barriers was by yelling, “Who speaks English?” in large crowds.

The Amazing Race airs Sundays on CBS.

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