We’d all like to learn a few lines of the local language before we travel, but words often fail us when we’re required to speak. Before you resort to gestures and mimes, beware: while you might think you’re telling the Brazilian chef that their feijoada is delicious, you’re actually telling them to go screw. Our non-verbal communication guide will save you seven instances of despair.
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