How true is that., when i googled I don't find much info about that. Is that made up for film or do Germans gesture like that.


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Yes, it is true.


For future exploration about subtle differences:

  • Different systems to tell the time within Germany (expect passionate discussions about why the cake method is or is not the right one).
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    I have read the question and the answer several times, and I still have no idea what is being asked, or why the answer is correct. :p
    – JohnP
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 18:18
  • @JohnP Have you seen the movie? It should be obvious then.
    – his
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 18:25
  • @JohnP The question asks if it is true that Germans hold up three different fingers than US Americans when they want to indicate the number "3". Being German myself, I can confirm his's answer. ;)
    – magnattic
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 15:25
  • @magnattic: Being German myself, I consider this claim to be false. It is true that when counting, Germans are likely (though not guaranteed) to start with the thumb. However, for indicating a single number, it's mainly the total number of fingers that's relevant, and both thumb-index-middle and index-middle-ring seem equally common and natural to me. But maybe things were still different in the days of WW2? Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 10:43

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