Communication is an interesting subject and a lot more complex than what people seem to think. Let’s look at this from a different angle so that we can start to understand how communication really takes place.
Within us, we have all our dreams and hopes and fears. We also have our values and beliefs. We have our past memories, our future memories and what we want to do in this moment. The only way that we can share any of this internal information with a friend, a colleague, the world, is through the use of language. So we communicate our inside world by speech to the outside world. This though alone starts to reflect how complex and how very important communication really is.
So here is what I have observed. When we speak to someone with a foreign language, we consciously accept that we have a communication barrier. To overcome this barrier, we tend to heighten our listening skills and we start to pay more attention to the things we normally would take for granted. So we observe their facial expressions, their hand gestures, their tone of their voice. We listen for words that sound familiar and we mirror back what they have said so that we can be sure that we have correctly understood them.