Body-language and nonverbal communication

Tag "intercultural communication"





It`s the music….

No human culture has been identified that doesn’t have music. For so many people music is the source of the most powerful and significant experiences in their lives. But what is the compelling force scientist ask. More or less they found out, that there is no holy grail of a mathematical or acoustical explanation. The most important aspect is the complex manner in which music is embedded into social functions.

There’s nothing secret about music’s power in our lives even if we’re a long way from having a proper understanding of it. Listening and understanding are two different approaches. There are very different from each other. If you want to get to know more about it just read the following text.

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It`s music that matters

Music is emotion. In all cultures. In all times. And in eternity. There is no culture without Music. Science proofs that music connected with dance is one of the oldest ways for passing on knowledge.

Music can heal. Music can open doors of peoples`souls.

And perhaps our early experiences of music leave a mark that we only understand much later: at the age 50 or so. It`s the continuity between music and the sounds of the everyday environment. And this starts with the first song one hears, the first song one sings. Perhaps it’s all down to the influence of those sound effects on the first records that one heard in his life.

If you want to get to know more, just have a look here.

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Facial expression is different in different cultures

Central to all human interaction is the mutual understanding of emotions, achieved primarily by a set of biologically rooted social signals evolved for this purpose—facial expressions of emotion. Although facial expressions are widely considered to be the universal language of Emotion  and  some negative facial expressions consistently elicit lower recognition levels among Eastern compared to Western Groups  for a meta-analysis and  and  for review). Here, focusing on the decoding of facial expression signals, we merge………

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The Application of Nonverbal Communication (Zhang Xiaoqin)

Abstract: Nonverbal communication is very important because we use the actions of others to learn about their affective or emotional states. The paper is mainly directed towards an English teacher who needs to acquire and apply nonverbal communication, which will enable us to cope with everyday communicative situations.Firstly, it summarizes the importance of nonverbal communication. It then points out some functions of nonverbal communication which will help the teacher to orient his own activity within the classroom. Finally, it discusses the relationships between nonverbal communication and culture which will help the learners in their acquisition of communicative ability.

Key words: nonverbal communication; functions;culture differences

If you want to get to know more about it, have a look. It`s worth reading

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 is online since one year 🙂

One year ago I started with One year full of interesting experience, inspiring experience, doubts, hesitation, fresh energy, supporting feedback and courage to go on.

My main interest is and was to write about intercultural communication under the special perspective of body language that means nonverbal communication. To follow this road is carried by being convinced that this perspective is a broad perspective. Much broader than photographic body language often is reduced to. Body language always, in all cultures, is expression and impression at the same time. It is born in a certain society, culture and always related to the setting, the context. Body language is part of dialogue, communication und acting. And body language is created in and by dialogue.

I hope you will be interested in my posts as you did before. Of course I thank you for your support by communicating the link to your friends or other people. Or by feedback. Or by posting yourself. Please feel fre to post yorself whatever you think its worth to be reported. — All of course has to be related to body languaga, nonverbal intercultural communication.

You are welcome!!!!!

From tomorrow on I will start with a little photo story, which is related of course to body language. A story with one tiny chapter each day. You alread get a little curious? I hope so. 🙂



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Hesitating to put a direct personal question

If I’m interested in a person I ask him, put questions or show my interest to get to know more about this or that.

Chinese often hesitate to address me or others with a personal, direct question just like: “Oh, can you tell me more about your life or your children and so on”. This also can happen if you know each other better.

This does not mean that the Chinese isn’t interested, not at all! He is interested but tries to avoid putting the other into public. If he would put this direct personal question the other one either could feel himself obliged to show up with an answer or if he doesn’t want to do it to show up (in a personal way as a personal expression) he has to dissociate himself.

On the other hand I experience myself putting questions to a Chinese and being accepted by him. The Chinese answer, and I’m glad about the answer, but I can’t really distinguish if it is a personal answer which they want to give or if it is good behavior or an outcome from the hierarchy of our relationship.

But to be honest, it is quite important for me to know about this difference.

Sometimes I wonder if a Chinese puts himself the same question as I do.

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To smell and to taste a new culture is to meet yourself

Some weeks ago I talked to a German manager and sinologist, who had worked in China for a couple of years. His first visit to China was about thirty years ago. Perfect in reading and writing, really well-experienced in relating to Chinese people, he knew, what he was talking about.

We talked about relating to Chinese people as well as to people from other cultures. Both we were convinced of a big difference in intercultural communication.

On the one hand it is almost too simple to doubt on this fact.  On the other hand many people seem not to know the essence of the following message:

When you learn a language, when ……….

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Disentanglement of the nonverbal clew

Last week I had a funny experience and I want to share it. I was invited by Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcasting company,  for an interview on body-language and nonverbal communication between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

Such an interview is quite ……

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Our dreams are different……

When I saw these photoes which a Chinese friend of mine showed to me I was not really shocked by the information (because I already had experienced the same here in Germany), but really felt a pity about those difficulties in relating to each other even if you want to do or you have to.

These difficulties can be seen all over the Western countries. How will it be in China concerning Western students living and studying in China?

Who can tell?

I also felt ashamed imagening the feelings of those CHinese students who show up on those photoes. How do they feel? Especially being together with other students and not really meeting them, not really touching them or being touched.

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Stranger – Danger or:

 (N)ever talk to a stranger

I of course agree to the six rules for children in order to prevent any kind of bad experience, so that they can keep their boundaries.

But to be honest, I want to talk about meeting strangers in the life as youth and adult.

Globalization is based on meeting strangers, strange people, strange cultures, strange behavior. So, to survive or ……….

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