Body Language

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

In this video, a former FBI agent explains how to read body language. He breaks down non-verbal language and expels myths about body language. This video is 14 minutes and 44 seconds long. The main challenge for intermediate level learners will be the vocabulary. Don’t be afraid to watch the video with subtitles! (Press “CC” on the bottom right of the video.)

I’ve split this video into three sections for you. First, start by looking up the vocabulary words I provide you for section one, then watch part one of the video. Try to answer the comprehension questions, either out loud or in writing. If you are struggling, watch part one again! Then do the same for part two and part three. At the end you will find the answers for the comprehension questions and some more discussion questions to get you thinking in English! Feel free to answer one of the discussion questions in the comment box below!

Video link: *

PART ONE (beginning - 3:49)


  • — Spy

  • — Target

  • — Neutralize

  • — Peephole

  • — Transmitting (to transmit) 

  • — Myth

  • — Self-soothing

  • — Fortuitously

  • — Confession

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is body language?

  2. Does crossing your arms mean you are distancing yourself from others?

  3. Does looking away mean you are lying?

  4. What are more self soothing actions?

  5. How did they catch an eastern European spy in the US?

PART TWO (3:50 - 10:19)


  • —Rarity

  • Stimuli

  • Pacify

  • —Ventilate 

  • To groom ourselves 

  • —Minutiae

  • To marshall resources 

Comprehension Questions

  1. What body parts does the FBI agent focus on when he observes behaviour?

  2. What is an average blink rate?

  3. Why is hand shaking necessary and essential?

  4. How does the FBI agent know that the two women are uncomfortable?

PART THREE (10:20 - end)


  • —Similitude

  • —Stimulus 

  • —Indicative 

  • To tend (to do something) 

  • To shuffle 

Comprehension Questions

  1. What should you do immediately when you sit down at a poker table?

  2. What do your hands do when you don’t like something?

  3. Why does it help to watch the video at double speed?

  4. What should you be looking for during a poker game?

  5. Why is body language important?

  6. What is the primary form of communication?


  1. Do you think spies still exist today? Why or why not?

  2. Do you ever use nonverbals to try and read how a person is feeling? Give some examples. 

  3. Do you ever feel uncomfortable when someone is standing too close or far from you? How do you address the situation? 


Part One

  1. Anything that communicates but is not a word. Also known as nonverbals. 

  2. No, it’s not. It is a self-soothing behaviour. 

  3. No, it means the person is processing information. 

  4. They are behaviours that calm us and make us feel good. 

  5. They noticed he carried flowers facing down rather than face up which is how an American would carry flowers. 

Part Two

  1. Hair, forehead, eyes, nose, lips, cheeks, neck, shoulders, hands and fingers, legs, feet 

  2. 8 times a minute 

  3. It’s the first time we touch. Our bodies release bonding chemicals that say “I like this person” or “I don’t like this person.” 

  4. The high degree of movement between the women. 

Part Three

  1. Look for behaviours indicative of discomfort. 

  2. Your hands tend to move away when you don’t like something and closer when you do like something. 

  3. Because all the critical nonverbals jump out at double speed. 

  4. You should be looking around to see people’s reactions.

  5. It’s important because it affects how we communicate with each other. 

  6. We primarily communicate nonverbally!

* Disclaimer: This video content is linked and intended for educational purposes only. The views or opinions of the content are that of the original creator and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Habit Language Lab.

38 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All