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Read the following and watch how people find it so hard to communicate when they simply can’t understand the slang or just the poor execution of the english language. Try reading it out loud and you will see how funny it actually sounds.

Tendjewberrymud…

It’s amazing, you will understand the above word by the end of the conversation…

Read aloud for best results. “Tendjewberrymud” Be warned, you’re going to find yourself talking “funny” for a while after reading this.

The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room-service at a hotel in Asia, which was recorded and published in the FarEast Economic Review…

Room Service (RS): “Morny. Ruin sorbees”

Guest (G): “Sorry, I thought I dialled room-service”

RS: “Rye..Ruin sorbees..morny! Djewish to odor sunteen??”

G: “Uh..yes..I’d like some bacon and eggs”

RS: “Ow July den?”

G: “What??”

RS: “Ow July den?…pry, boy, pooch?

G : “Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.”

RS: “Ow July dee bayhcem…crease?”

G: “Crisp will be fine.”

RS : “Hokay. An San tos?”

G: “What?”

RS: “San tos. July San tos?”

G: “I don’t think so”

RS: “No? Judo one toes??”

G: “I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ‘judo one
toes’ means.”

RS: “Toes! toes!…why djew Don Juan toes? Ow bow singlish mopping
we bother?”

G: “English muffin!! I’ve got it! You were saying ‘Toast.’ Fine.
Yes,an English muffin will be fine.”

RS: “We bother?”

G: “No..just put the bother on the side.”

RS: “Wad?”

G: “I mean butter…just put it on the side.”

RS: “Copy?”

G: “Sorry?”

RS: “Copy…tea…mill?”

G: “Yes. Coffee please, and that’s all.”

RS: “One Minnie. Ass ruin torino fee, strangle ache, crease baychem,
tossy singlish mopping we bother honey sigh, and copy….rye??”

G: “Whatever you say”

RS: “Tendjewberrymud”

G : “You’re welcome.”

Haha..i call that really bad communication skills by the room service department. Good communication is ruined by the use of poor language-(idols of the marketplace). We may find it very difficult to understand the lingo, slang, pronounciation and words, codes and other abrevations that a person uses while communicating. This leads to miscommunication. One may not be able to have a fluent and effective conversation when it is difficult to grasp what the person is saying. Especially so over the phone, when there is no non-verbal cues to help one understand the conversation.

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Hey guys take a break from all that studying and watch Tom and Jerry! Haha.. actually i was watching Tom and Jerry on the television yesterday and i realised that in this cartoon both the characters do not use words to tell the story or express any of their feelings. Press play and watch it. This cartoon actually rely alot on the background music and body language to explain the story. They use a louder sound when Tom is walking and a softer and more animated sound effect when Jerry is walking. This is related to their size obviously. When they are happy, sad, scared, angry or shocked, the music will change accordingly to tell us the mood of the character. Movies and cartoons use alot of sound effect to narrate the story without the use of words. The character’s body language then coincides with the sound effect. We put this two together and form an understanding of what is happening. A more dramatic and loud sound effect is used when Tom comes into play and expresses its anger and annoyance towards Jerry’s behaviour. This shows us which character is more violent and dominant in the story. Jerry’s character is friendly and helpful. Therefore, it is usually accompanied with an animated and cute sound effect. The sound effect is usually draggy and increasing in volume when there is something that is going to happen. This prepares us for the next scene and viewers know that they are expecting for something to appear or happen between the two characters. When running, the pace of the music increases and when tip-toeing, the sound effect is short, and jumpy. This tells us that the contact of the foot with the ground is quick and short. When showing a magic trick, the use of stars and other visual effects along with a darggy tune that ends with a “TA-DAH”, tells us that something magical has happened. These symbols are often associated with magic so the viewer can relate to it from past experiences. Music tells us alot and it can replace words if it is further emphasised by good body language and facial expressions.
Enjoy! Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year..



{February 3, 2008}   More non-verbal animations

Here are a few more clips on the use of non-verbal communications by the UNICEF to send a message to viewers from all around the world.
This second one is on the child’s rights to self expression. In this clip, we can see a child who uses his creativity in block-building, a common activity played by small kids. He makes a structure using his imagination and creative expressions. However, due to his limitations in terms of his height, he is unable to complete the upper half of his structure. He then seeks help from his parents. Not paying attention to his cues on where he would like them to place the blocks on his behalf, they created a square block for him instead. Clearly displeased with the outcome, the child hangs his head in sadness. This is a common issue between a child and an adult. As an adult, one must understand that even a baby is entitled to his/her freedom of expressions. In the midst of helping a child or guiding them, we must not conform them to our way of doing things. Being a part-time pre-school teacher, this point is an important aspect that i think adults tend to overlook. Every child is different and every human being is different. We can teach a child the right thing but we must not restrict a child to one form of doing things. A child learns through his/her own creative skills and we should applaud and encourage these skills to further enhance their learning. In this clip, the parents created a big square block. This represents a ‘square mindset’ which does not encourage creativity. A child is full of imagination. ‘Thinking out of the box’, is a common topic teachers talk about in schools. If we look at a child, we will realise that every child is thinking out of the box. However, the lack of encouragement, restricts their creativity. That is why as we grow older, we find it harder to be creative and easier to conform. I think parents should asisst a child but allow the child to practice his own judgments and thoughts and not take everything in their hands, especially during play-time.



{February 3, 2008}   UNICEF uses non-verbal animations

The use of non-verbal cues in the animations created by the UNICEF to drive a message across the world is an effective method. It allows people to understand the message regardless of the language and cultural barriers. UNICEF has many focus areas ranging from problems faced by children around the world, to crisis faced by various countries. They try to spread the message of children’s rights, child labour, rights to a good education and a loving family. They raise issues on domestic violence, discrimination and good healthcare services. All these messages are put into a small video which uses no verbal form of communication to drive home the message. They hope that this method would allow maximum viewing and understanding of the issues raised. They use animated figures, often that of a child/children, caught in a situation or problem. The use of expressions and appropriate sound effects, tells us the ‘mood’ and fellings of the characters in the clip. They also use objects to represent a scene. For example, in the clip entitled “freedom from discrimination”, the use of a toy and animated music, would help us relate to a child. The toy pieces are all able to fit into the ‘ball’ if they have a suitable-shaped hole to enter through. The piece which is of a totally different shape would then not be able to fit into the ball. At this point, the cheerful background sound changes as the oddly shaped piece tries to enter into the ball but bounces right off after each attempt. This then translates into our world, where, the correctly shaped people and those who conform to the norms of our society, are able to fit in. While the rest who are different are not excepted as part of our society. The freedom from this form of discrimination comes when the ball opens up and the other pieces happily invites the odd piece in. This shows us that society have to open their doors and accept those who are different as part of our society. 



{January 31, 2008}   Personal space and territory

Proxemics is the idea of space which we deem as suitable or appropriate when we are around people. This ‘appropriate distance’ can vary across different cultures, and situations. For example, we have a different idea of what appropriate distance is between friends, family and aquaintaces or strangers. We are comfortable with a level of intimacy and proximity with the people whom we know, and we become uncomfortable when a stranger invades that personal space. The amount of personal space two females need when communicating is usually lesser than the amount of personal space two men need when communicating with each other.
In some cultures, proximity is seen as an acceptable social norm and in others, it is seen as a invasion of personal space. The average distance of personal space varies from culture to culture.
Here are some examples:
In American culture, personal space affects EVERYTHING — even bathroom behavior among strangers.
It is unacceptable to stand use a urinal between two other people. It is always a MUST to leave a urinal between users. Americans tend to require more personal space than in other cultures.
Personal Space in Several Cultures

Latin American, Arab, French, American, German, Japanese
SMALL                                                                                           LARGE
SPACE                                                                                            SPACE

Territorial is another behaviour displayed by people and animals.
We define ‘our space’ by choosing a seat when we attend a meeting, talk, dinner or lectures and then we reserve it by placing our things such as bags, coat or any other personal belonging. When the layout of the room is similar to that of the previous room we sat in, we are more likely to choose the same seat we sat on in the previous room. This shows our animal behaviour with relation to the concept of territoriality.



{January 29, 2008}   non-verbal communication

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Hey guys check out this video on youtube. Its about how important non-verbal communication is in helping us understand others and relate to their thoughts and feelings. I also read an article in the Reader’s Digest about the importance of facial expressions in the development of a child. Especially in the form of a smile from their mothers.
It says that experts on child development believes that a mother and baby exchange of smiles in a rythmic and synchronised way, is important in the development of attachment and intelligence of the child. If we can’t use facial expressions, we are actually very limited in our ability to pass on information to others. There are two pictures from the article entitled ‘The power of a smile’. I think we pick up more on the non-verbal cues such as body language and expressions when we communicate to others but we often do not realise that. It would definitely be very hard to understand emotions and thoughts of the other person without face-face communication. Expression tells us more than words do. They tell us the understanding of the other person, lies that the person is telling, emotions and sometimes body language helps us gague when we should pause, reinforce our point or change our tone. This then will help us achieve effective communication..haha I never thought we rely so much on non-verbal communication.



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This picture was taken from the Reader’s Digest. It is a close-up picture of a face. The facial expressions on the face clearly shows us the intention of using this picture for an article entittled ‘stressed out’. The intensity and impact of the picture drew me towards reading the article. I think this is an intresting way to capture the attention of a reader towards this write-up on stress. I was flipping through the wordy pages in the book when i focused my attention on this article due to the use of this picture.



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