The Art of Conversation is NOT dead!

Although some might disagree, what with all the gadgets and devices we use these days to communicate, texting, IM, Facebook, tweeting etc. Go on, admit it, you do too, don’t you?

Have we really lost the ability to hold face to face conversations?

I think not!

OK, so maybe I am slightly deviating from the true sense of the word ‘conversation’ in that I am referring to my Spanish classes, where students try to manage everyday situations in a foreign language. 

Here the conversations are more like tiny dramas, with people re-enacting daily life activities so that they can simply get by and maybe have a chat with one of the locals at the bar, order a meal, resolve issues at the bank, make appointments etc. Just the run of the mill, everyday stuff that we all take for granted when using our Mother tongue, but when faced with the same situation in a foreign land, it can be much more of a challenge and frequently too much for many to deal with. 

Today I had a class with a couple who now want to say more than just “Hola”, “¿Cómo estás?” and “dos cervezas, por favor!”. Actually they are much better than that, but they are frustrated by their lack of vocabulary and really want to interact more with their Spanish friends. It was a very enjoyable class, filled with laughter, plenty of wit and loads of chatter, some of it even in Spanish too!! 

Which, really, just proves my point! If we want to be social, and let’s face it, most of us are fairly sociable creatures (unless sleep deprived or hungover!!), then we all love a good old natter with our friends. There are only so many times you can type ‘lol’ or ‘lmao’ on Facebook or tweet some faceless being (140 characters – what’s the point???), eventually we all want a bit of a chat with someone and when the opportunity arrives, then we generally go for it. 

So, even today, whilst social networking is important to many, the art of conversation with people you actually know and can see is most definitely not lost. It is an invaluable skill and is an essential tool in all sorts of circumstances, but hopefully it is all fun, entertaining and emotional. We are only human after all and non verbal communication is just as important, 

Long may people want to converse with each other, and if you can manage another language, then good for you! 

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