1. Education

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa051801b.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Most Emailed Articles

Now We Can Begin

Gesture 1: Un, deux, trois...

Gestes français - French Gestures

When using the fingers to count in France, the thumb is the first counter.
   
     
When counting on the fingers, the thumb is one, the index finger is two, the middle finger is three, etc.
un deux trois
     
Likewise, when holding your hand up to indicate a number, hold up your hand with the thumb as the first counter and add from there. 
 
The French will see the thumb even if you don't hold it up: if you hold up two fingers the American way, you'll get three of whatever you're ordering, not two. 

Register - normal

Start over       Gesture 2 - Téléphone

Gestures Index     French Numbers

  

The free, twice-weekly About French newsletter keeps you informed about changes to this site, including new lessons, articles, and forum discussions. Subscribe today!

Subscribe to the Newsletter
Name
Email

 

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

See More About
Related Video
French Dialogues: Travel, Hotels, and Accommodations
French Dialogues: Shopping

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.