One day my oldest son was telling Suegra about a classmate, and in describing the classmate, my son mentioned the boy’s height.
“He’s about this tall,” he said in Spanish, holding his hand out flat, palm down.
“Is your friend a child or a pig?”
And with that blunt question, we learned something new – Holding one’s hand out, palm down to suggest height as we do in the United States, is used only to describe the height of animals in El Salvador.
In El Salvador, if you want to describe the height of a human being, you must hold your hand with your fingers pointed up, palm facing out, (the way we hold our hands to say “stop” in the United States.)
Which hand gesture do you use to suggest height? Is the hand gesture different for humans and animals?
Related link: My Hands Speak Spanish, too