Body Language in Turkey
Even if shaking hands is supposed to be in every greetings, it does not take place in the greetings of young peers in informal greetings. One youth greet the other by kissing the cheeks of each other. This does not differ among two genders. However, if two religious people greet each other, the greeting model differs that a man and a woman is not supposed to interact by shaking hands or kissing the cheeks.
There is another thing that you should know about Turkish people if you go there from Canada or from a country allowing Gay marriage. In Turkey, it is normal for two men arm in arm while walking on the street because unlike western culture Turkish culture value the warm interactions between friends in order to build good friendships or brotherhood.
Turks tend to stare each other and strangers more than westerners. When such attitude occurs, Westerners should not feel singled out because most Turkish are warm and helpful that if one westerner wants to talk to a Turkish person, it is very easy to mingles with them.
Body Language of Turks
If you see a person raising his hand shaped as fingers integrated with thumb, it means the food is very delicious. This is also sometimes used to address the beauty of a woman or a man.
The meaning of moving eyebrows up, raising chin and clicking tongue is “No”.
On the contrary, the meaning of nodding downward is “yes”.
In Turkey, if one waves his hand up and down, palm towards the ground, it means the person signals for calling you to beside him. In short, it means “come”.
There are also gestures should not be used due to their offensive meanings.
Protruding thumb between index and middle finger is one of offensive gestures.
Showing middle finger is also regarded as another obscene in Turkey.
Knowing the body language in Turkey will give you an advantage while you are visiting Turkey. If you like to learn Turkish and the body language of Turks, you can get Turkish Classes at Anatolian Cultural Centres.