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Non-verbal communication with hands is very culturally dependend. It is not as similar as smiling. We ran studies between Chinese and western cultures and the differences are huge in certain areas. Funny example is always the "okay" sign of divers (putting index and thumb together) which means in the Arabian culture a..h... . A quick link for you about ...


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I don't think the region matter in this case. We learn these things in childhood. From teachers, parents, sibling. Some are more comfortable using thumb and index finger than (index,middle) finger. I'm from india. Most people around me use this 1 - index 2- index and middle 3 -index, middle and ring finger 4 -without thumb So thumb only comes into ...


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Always order 5 beers! Could save your life ... When ordering beers, Germans use this, everything else feels weird :-) 4 is without thumb 3 is with thumb 2 is without thumb 1 is without thumb When counting 1 to 5 or 1 to 10, start at the thumb and add more fingers, then start at the thumb of the second hand. So yeah, the English spy skipped some classes ...


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I don't have hard evidence like studies for you, only personal experience (eastern Germany): Yes, we do start counting from the thumb. My kids and their friends in Kindergarten do it that way, my colleagues do, my friends and family count like that aswell. In fact my older daughter (5yo) was only today experimenting to count in different ways, and in the ...


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Yes and no. No, because we don't count bedrooms but "all-purpose-rooms" excluding kitchen and bathroom. You will find terms like Dreizimmerwohnung meaning three rooms that could either be used as three separate bedrooms (like with college students sharing a flat), bedroom, guest room, office... whatever combination comes to mind or fits the life of ...



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