Italian is one of the most charming and romantic languages on Earth, but it’s common knowledge that real Italians talk more with their hands than their words. It’s a trait often thought to reflect the passionate ways of the world’s southern cultures. Here’s a quick lesson that will carry you through Rome, Venice, and beyond.

If you’d like to learn even more Italian gestures, this crash course presented by a few dreamy Dolce & Gabbana models will get you headed in the right direction. Mamma mia!

In case you were wondering, mi scusi jokes are completely welcome in the comments.