I may had mentioned earlier that M and I use different way of communicating to keep our relationship going. When I was in Norway, I had chance to meet up with my friend from elementary school who have kids. Her kids can only speak Norwegian and I only English and Japanese. First hour or so, I tried to communicate using English because I thought she may understand some of the words but unfortunately, she was not found of speaking few words she knows in English so… we ended up using lots of body languages, facial expression, and I used just one word “nei” in Norwegian and guess what! We were able to play this simple little game. She started hiding her eyes with her sunglasses and she told me if she can see her eyes. This I found out through my friend who translated to me what she was saying. With this game, only thing I had to do was use the word “no” and bunch of facial expression and different vocal tone and body language. My friend’s little girl whose 3 yrs old was laughing out loud giggling though we in language term were not communicating well.
This encounter had really proved to me that spoken words or language is not the only way to communicate. As M and I always say, communication is not only about spoken words. Sure, I may had gotten known her more if I was able to communicate with this little girl in Norwegian and ask her about her favorite color or animals but even without spoken words, were were able to establish a trusting relationship where she opened up and held my hand. I really believe that for the relationship to work, you need to able to communicate in different ways and that is what M and I are trying to do as much as possible.
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