If you’re talking to someone or even driving somewhere and you ask, where is place this, you will get a response, “It is over there.” Over there can be across the street or on the other side of town.
In America, if you ask directions or location you will hear a distance, any turns and how many blocks or how many businesses you need to pass. Such as “Go 2 miles, pass xxx street, turn right, go 3 blocks and it is the second store on the left.”
Here when your close, and ask where is the location, you will hear again, “Over there” but then you get an index finger doing a motion as I can explain as one finger hitting a keyboard key.
While you’re driving and getting close, you will not hear something to let you know you’re getting close and will turn, instead, as you’re driving and usually in the wrong lane and passing a street, you get a “turn here.” Most times there are cars and motorcycles passing you on both sides and they expect you to cut everyone off and screech your tires and you make the turn. Now you need to find a place to make a “U” turn and head back.
With pointing, instead of fingers pointing, here they use lips. When I first moved here I thought there was a lot of people wanting a kiss, then I found out they are pointing.
If someone wants you to wedge a door stop for a door, you will get lips pointing at the door and a finger wiggle. You will not hear “Please open the door” or “please open the door and wedge it.” Another instance is if someone wants you to sit, they will turn their head towards the chair or bench and pout their lips pointing to the place.
Also for many, there is not the courtesy of would like, are you ready, please come, or other nice things. Instead it is a command. If dinner is ready, you will be told “Eat na. (Na is equivalent to now)” If you do not jump up and rush to the table everyone else will repeat the command.
Another non verbal form of communication is the raising of the eyebrows. If you’re talking to someone, and you ask a question that would have a yes or no answer, many will raise their eyebrows. Or as your talking, instead of the “uh-ha” sound, you will see eyebrows raised for a moment. Unfortunately some Filipinos will do that without seeing if you’re looking at them.
If you’re out and you hear a loud “sssssssssssss” sound like a snake, or loud and long kissing sound, that is how someone is calling for someone’s attention. I hear it the most in front of the mall where Jeepney hawkers are calling for passengers. Or it can me someone on a raised walkway behind you calling to a friend they have been waiting for.
I will be out at the mall having a cigarette and from behind me I hear these sounds, many will look up. One in the crowd then sees their friend.
If you know of other instances of nonverbal communication or sounds used, I would like to know what you think.