Languages › French Understanding and Using French Gestures Share Flipboard Email Print MAISANT Ludovic/hemis.fr/Getty Images Languages Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 30, 2019 If you've ever been to France or watched French movies, you've undoubtedly seen French people performing some familiar gestures as well as a few unfamiliar ones. While some gestures are vulgar, others are as innocuous as shaking or nodding one's head. In any case, it is as essential to understand this French "sign language" as it is any vocabulary. These pages include photos, explanations, and register ratings for 45 gestures. Top 10 French Gestures Among the dozens of gestures and facial expressions in these lessons, there are ten that really stand out. French Gestures by Register (what is register?) Note that some gestures have different names and are thus listed more than once. Normal Informal Familiar Use with anyone Use only with people you tutoie Use only with close friends A peu près Alors, là Aïe, aïe Baiser la main Au poil Barrons-nous C'est fini Bises Bisque ! Chut Bof Camembert J'ai du nez Bouche cousue Ça pue On a sommeil C'est nul C'est pas donné Parfait Comme-ci, comme-ça Clapet Pardon Délicieux Coup dans le nez Répétez Faire la bise / le bisou Du fric Se serrer la main Faire la moue Ferme-la ! Silence Gallic shrug Il est cinglé Téléphone Je le jure Je m'en fous Se tourner les pouces J'en ai ras le bol Mon œil ! Un, deux, trois S'en jeter un derrière la cravate On se tire Magnifique Pied de nez Motus et bouche cousue Que dalle ! La moue Quelle barbe ! Nul Verre dans le nez On boit Passer sous le nez Poil dans la main Qu'est-ce qu'il chante, là ? Vulgar - Offensive Ras-le-bol Use with extreme care Rien Le bras d'honneur Shrug Cocu Sous le nez Va te faire foutre Victoire Zéro The Top 10 French Gestures The 9 Best Podcasts for Learning French in 2020 The 9 Best Books for Learning French in 2020 The Best Ways to Learn How to Speak French French Webquest: Online Research Project for French Class Learn French For Free: Best Resources French for Beginners: Lessons and Tips Essential French - L'Essentiel Written Traditional Academic French Vs Modern Spoken Street French How to Pronounce More Than 2,500 Words in French How to Use French Punctuation Selecting The Right Tools To Learn French The Top Learning Resources Self-Studying French Tips for Understanding Spoken French Beginning French Reading Resources Informal French Negation: 'Pas' Without 'Ne'