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    this is going to be my new blogsite for regular rants of mine.

    This hopefully will supplement my webpages.

    please, if you comment stay on subject. I am interested in feedback, especially real thoughtful feedback. if you don't agree with what i believe that's fine too, but argue about why you believe differently, if that's appropriate.

    and of course, this is for fun interest and for something to think about, not to offend anyone's ideas or beliefs.

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Communication

I never knew less about communication then now. The more I learn about how people communicate, the more questions I have.

Communication does not just mean the words that we say, it also includes gestures and facial expressions, written communications, the impression you have on people, and body language.

People speak differently in different languages, mostly because different languages are built differently. In english we say “the red book”, in spanish you say “the book red”, (el libre rosa). One of the books about language I mentioned in another post said that English is more logical than other languages, for this reason above and other reasons.

The same reasoning goes to idioms, in Spanish there is no “fly on the wall” idiom. In English people say, “I would have liked to be a fly on the wall…”. In Spanish, fly has different connotations, spanish fly is one example, but also flies are considered active and vibrant and partying bugs.

For deaf people, American Sign Language doesn’t mean anything in Spanish.

But through studying people’s behavior and communication, and through my limited spanish language experiences I have come to understand more about language and the way we talk.

One example: Think about when you ask a question. After you ask a question, especially me because i like to clarify my question, I will follow with other questioning statements or other questions. Obviously, they don’t make it easier for the other person to answer the question when I do that. But, usually after you ask a question, you sometimes realize more information is needed.

person 1: Are we going over the draw bridge?

person 1: Where the boats go under the bridge.

person 1: The bridge that crosses into the borough.

person 1: The bridge that goes into Manhattan.

person 2: Yes, but we will be going into the borough of Brooklyn.

This is sometimes the way people communicate, and it is somewhat flawed, but at the same time, it usually works pretty well.

Of course, This is still pretty disorganized communication. That’s the kind I’m good at, but ….. not the best kind.

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Communication is usually at the heart of every success or every failure. Unfortunately, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or place can ruin your whole life; alternatively, it may make you a millionaire or move you into a highly successful position. It’s unbelievable the power that communication has over our lives.

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