Yemeni Non-Verbal Communication

Yesterday a handful of us gathered for a seminar on Yemeni Non-Verbal Communication. We learned that clicking your tongue once means “I agree,” and twisting your ear means “a challenge.” In this video, our teacher Abdul Kafi explains the meaning of flicking your nose. He says (roughly): “Especially in Sana’a, this signal [he flicks his nose] indicates something beautiful….or it can also refer to the beauty of a woman. If you ask someone, ‘What’s your opinion about this woman or that woman?’ Then he’ll say, ‘ahhhh’ [flicking his nose], ‘ahhhh’ [flicking his nose again] .


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