Communication 101 - Cultural Clashes between Worlds
1. If you don’t understand something, ask!
Misunderstanding is a very common problem, especially between two people that have different native languages. Have you ever experienced a situation where somebody is expressing themselves in a way that isn't clear or could be easily misunderstood? One of the most dangerous words in the English language is, "assumption" and that's something that is often utilized by people. Don't forget that everybody misunderstands somebody at some point so why is it not okay to ask for help or question things.
2. Be straightforward, get to the point!
Do you feel in need of say something whatever on your mind?
3. Eye contact or get lost!
It has been observed that hearing people tend to sit around and talk without looking at eachother. It is considered extremely disrespectful in this community if you decide to show up and talk to us but not look at us square in the eye.
4. Don’t interrupt, LISTEN!
Mid conversation, your mother stands up and starts talking over you. How do you feel?
5. Expressive not Monkey Play!
Watching two people signing can be quite entertaining, their expressions and signs can get out of hand and appear like they're fighting or possibly doing, "Monkey Play". That's how hearing people perceive two people in deep thought or passionate discussions.