Listening rather than speaking

marianHaving been away on the Spanish/ French border for a few weeks this year, I am as ever, humbled by the way that people switch between both languages, and English and Catalan, without much apparent effort. Indeed we often find ourselves speaking a mixture!  As English speakers though we tend to get lazy, although in our defence often our attempts to speak other languages are answered in English.

Anyway, If there are no English speakers I have noticed it is surprising how much French or Spanish we can drag up when we need to, to enable us to communicate. I also thought, does that apply to animals, aliens or plants or even the universe itself? If we stopped speaking and listened to the languages all around us and started to try and understand them rather than expecting that they should understand us, who knows what we may learn.

What do you think?


Just a thought.


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