"A bottle of red, a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight
I'll meet you anytime you want In our Italian Restaurant. "
--Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Billy Joel--
|Yes, that's a chianti bottle candle stick holder|
Well, it was more like a 1/2 liter of "rood" and a 1/2 liter of "wit" for my wife and I last night. That's what we ordered from our Italian waiter in "our Italian Restaurant" in the Netherlands. But our wine selections from last evening is not the interesting part, it's how we came about ordering them.
|How you say....."carafe of wine" |
Photo Credit: Vicki Szostek
It got me thinking about communication and how when verbal means are not an option, we quickly adapt to find some type of non-verbal method to convey our message. In our case, making a hand gesture where by placing our right hand about 8 inches about our left hands is obviously the international sign for a carafe of wine. And in the case of our waiter, pointing to the colors of the table cloth helped him confirm our order.
I've caught myself a few times since moving to the Netherlands making funny hand gestures when I sense the other person isn't grasping what I was saying. Like the other night, when I asked the waitress for a jug of water, I made a similar hand motion to the one carafe of wine. It's not often that I let my hands do the talking because most folks we've encountered have an excellent grasp of English, but when it does happen I wish I could video myself to see how funny I look.
Have you ever found yourself making (clean) hand gestures to communicate?