When words do not matter
Body language, gestures, willingness to communicate and share knowledge can get you...
Body language, gestures, willingness to communicate and share knowledge can get you a long way when you do not speak each other’s language.
Gestures and body language are important in all face-to-face communication, but when we do not speak the same language, they are simply essential. Throughout the filming of the TV series, the Hairy Bikers, together with the production team and their European hosts, deployed all manner of strategies to get around the so-called 'language barrier'.
As you will see, the results went beyond their expectations, and they discovered just how effective these strategies can be in achieving true communication between human beings. Rising to the challenge proved to be an enriching and enjoyable learning experience for everyone.
The key to successful intercultural communication is very simple: just get out there and give it a go! Watch now: Having a go
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... Watch now: When words do matter
People who speak a foreign language very well never stop learning and use a variety of communication strategies. Watch the experts at work. Watch now: Competent speakers
Communication brings people together. Sharing through language, food, music and drink is at the core of human relationships. Watch now: The language of sharing
Explore the challenges and rewards of communicating with people from other cultures as you follow the Hairy Bikers and the programme producers across Europe. Watch now: Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication
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Originally published: Monday, 23rd April 2012
Last updated on: Monday, 23rd April 2012
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