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Doug and Susan continue talking.
Doug:Well, at least hand gestures in Europe and America are very much alike.
Susan:Actually, my classmate had a funny experience with hand gestures in Germany.
Doug:Really? What happened?
Susan:He ordered1 a soda in a restaurant by holding up his index finger.
Doug:That doesn’t sound unusual. Holding up your index finger means“one.”
Susan:That’s exactly what my classmate thought-- until the waitress brought him two sodas!
Doug:Two sodas!? Why would she do that?
Susan:Because in Germany, the index finger means two. They always count2 the thumb3 first.
Doug:So since he wanted only one soda, he should have used his thumb.
Susan:Yep. Germans really have to be careful when they travel abroad.4
Doug:What do you mean?
Susan:Well, if a German man gives a thumbs-up tosgroupsa soda from a waitress in America, she might think he likes her!
—by Alex Adair
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