The barman said so a coke? I said yes and orange juice. He couldn’t understand me. I don’t know how many times I said orange juice and he just look confused. Eventually he got it, thank goodness as I am sure my throat was getting more and more dry. From then on we had no language problems, in fact we had long discussions on various topics. It was a surreal moment. It made me think of how often in life we can be misunderstood. You say something that you think is very clear and the hearer interprets what we have said and gets a different message. Sometimes that can cause alienation, anger or hilarity. It can be very frustrating not to be heard and understood properly. To help illustrate this I have a couple of videos below.
It is a good reminder not just to make what we say clear but also to be patient with those that hear us and also to be attentive to what others say. Maybe what you heard wasn’t what they meant, don’t jump off the deep end, maybe you misinterpreted what you heard.
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