When words do matter
Gestures and body language can only get you so far. Sooner or...
Gestures and body language can only get you so far. Sooner or later, you will find yourself in a situation in which verbal language actually matters.
- Duration: 15 mins
- Published on: Monday 23rd April 2012
- Introductory Level
- Posted under: Languages
Although basic communication is possible without words, there are certain situations in which verbal language is essential. As soon as speakers refer to matters that are beyond the 'here' and 'now', gestures alone do not work. For example when we talk about the past or the future, when we refer to abstract matters such as speed, happiness or politics, or when we make a joke, it becomes very difficult to convey those meanings through body language.
How do you point at something that happened yesterday, or will happen tomorrow? How should you read a smile when you cannot see what people are smiling about? The missing link in all those situations is language.
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Originally published: Monday, 23rd April 2012
Last updated on: Monday, 23rd April 2012
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