Indirect Communication: Part 2

 

I thought that today I would continue on in sharing some of the things I've been learning from "Cross-Cultural Conflict", by Duane Elmer. As I'd mentioned before, two thirds of the world (including Japan) uses indirect methods as its primary form of communication. In fact, many of these cultures often find direct communication to be rude or cruel. 

Instead, two-thirds of the world uses passive and stative voices very prominently in their communications. If you're like me, and have…

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Indirect Communication: Part 1

In recent days, I've been reading a book called "Cross-Cultural Conflict", by Duane Elmer. We're not experiencing cross-cultural conflict at the moment, but I thought that it would be a good idea to proactively read this type of book. As human beings, conflict will surely come, whether tomorrow or a year from now. 

As I dig into the text, however, I've discovered that the title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, there are examples and tips for dealing with cross-cultural conflict. However, in my…

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Learning Kanji

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Over the last couple of years, I have taken up several large projects: to name a few, writing a book, taking an online seminary course, and learning Kanji. Kanji are the Chinese characters which are used as part of the Japanese written language. The Chinese language has tens of thousands of characters, but after WWII, the Japanese standardized their linguistic procedures so that today there are about 2000 Kanji that are used for general purposes. A well-read person may know around 3000...

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Language Learning Bloopers…

I thought I’d share a funny story with you today, and invite you to laugh along with us.

In the last couple weeks, I seem to have turned a corner in my language abilities. In conversations, I used to think of what I wanted to say in English, and then determine what vocabulary I would need in Japanese, then plan the most understandable placements of the words and grammatical particles before even opening my mouth. However, about two weeks ago something changed. In one conversation, I...

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Ordering Pizza!

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As we continue living in Japan, we are often amazed at how much we can understand and communicate to others, simply using facial expressions and actions. These types of tools are incredibly powerful, both to our own understanding and to being understood by others. That’s what makes the telephone so daunting for us: the visual aids, that help us so greatly, are removed.

Over the last few months, as my language abilities have been improving, the telephone has gotten marginally less daunting.…

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