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Learning Spanish words for what to do with your hands is like unlocking a secret code to a world of gesticulated magic. Imagine you’re a maestro, orchestrating a symphony of motions—think “abrir” (to open) as you dramatically fling open imaginary doors, or “cerrar” (to close) with a swift, final clap. And let’s not forget “lavar” (to wash), where you can practice your best hand-washing dance, and “secar” (to dry), which is your cue for an air-guitar solo with a towel. Mastering “aplaudir” (to clap) ensures you’re always the life of the party, while “escribir” (to write) gives you an air of scholarly mystery as you scribble invisible notes. Learning these words isn’t just educational; it’s a full-on performance art piece that makes your Spanish lessons a standing ovation-worthy experience!

acariciar — caress

 

agarrar — grab

 

aplaudir — clap

 

estripar — squeeze

 

frotar — rub

 

oprimir — press (like a button) or squeeze (like a strong handshake)

 

palmear — pat (like on the back)

 

pellizcar — pinch (like to hurt someone or to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming)

 

prensar — press

 

presionar — apply pressure to

 

rascar — scratch

 

sobar — rub

 

tocar — touch

 

torcer — twist

 

tocar musica — play music

 

tronar los dedos — snap your fingers

 

signo de paz — peace sign

 

saludar — greet

 

tocar a la puerta  — knock the door

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