This is a list of hand signs that are used mainly for communication in larger groups (e.g. during a blockade).

Many of these hand signs are known at least throughout Europe and are also used in other countries. Other signs are not clearly defined and are already interpreted differently. Also the practical use of some hand signs can be questioned.
Nevertheless, we want to give you a small overview of which hand signals there are.

  • “Silence”: All fingertips touch: The first person who wants silence makes this sign, everyone who sees it picks it up until everyone is silent. Everyone please be quiet!
  • “Report”: Report with one hand: I want to get on the speaking list. I want to say something.
  • “Direct Point”: Report with both index fingers: I want to say something directly to the current speech / I can answer the question directly. No more than two sentences! – I can clarify this quickly …
  • “Twinkling”: Waving both hands: Agree. I see it exactly the same way!
  • “Technical Point”: Form a “T” with hands: Technical remark that has nothing to do with the content of the discussion, but should get to it right away. The roof is falling in! / Dinner is ready! In another meaning, the “T” is also used as a sign for “I need a break”.
  • “Disagree”: placing the palms of both hands in front of each other with arms outstretched or holding arms crossed in front of each other: Rejection. I don’t see it that way.
  • “Louder”: with both hands palms up: speaker is talking too quietly, I don’t understand. Please speak louder!
  • “Slower” or “quieter”: With both hands, palms down: Speaker is talking too fast, I can’t follow. – Please speak more slowly! or speaker is talking too loudly (e.g. the police standing nearby could be listening in)!
  • “Veto”: Raised fist: Very strong rejection. I absolutely cannot live with this.
  • “Repetition”: circle hands around each other: The speaker is repeating herself. Get to the point!
  • “Huh?”: Moving the fingers of one hand in front of your own face: I don’t understand what you mean. Please explain!
  • “Language”: “L” from index finger and thumb: I don’t understand something linguistically. Please translate! Or, especially when translating in translation corners: Translators show with “L” that they have not finished translating and need more time before continuing.
  • “Proposal”: “P” with index finger of one hand, thumb and index finger of the other hand: I have a (moderation) proposal for the further procedure

On this site here you can find detailed descriptions and drawings of the hand signals.

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