View Full Version : Head Nod...

02-16-2002, 12:38 PM
Just wondering, in countries besides the U.S.,
is nodding your head up/down a signal for 'yes?'

There's this person at work who, I think, is from
Germany. He asks me questions, and sometimes I
reply with a head nod. But yesterday I started
thinking, what if Gemans don't know what a head
nod means? The guy would probably think I'm a

So, is a head nod a universal signal for 'yes,'
or does it only apply to the United States?

02-16-2002, 12:44 PM
Well... as far as I know, there are countries where it's the opposite... but not sure where though :p

...I guess your coworker should be able to tell whether you agree or disagree with him/her through other things/actions, besides the 'nod'...

I've heard (once again, only heard...) that in some countries the way we wave 'goodbye' is the way they wave 'come here'... that is some confusion :) :p :)

02-16-2002, 12:53 PM
Nodding your head up and down is 'yes' in all countries of Europe. And moving your head from left to right or from right to left is 'no'.

02-16-2002, 12:58 PM
Yes, nodding your head seems to be pretty universal. However, I heard of cultures where it is the other way round. Don't remember who it was... but noone from Europe or North America.