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Carrie Terry, pronunciation coach, shares her observations on contemporary communication…

Why ‘reading the air’ is essential in Japan

In Japan the expression ‘kuuki yomenai’ (literally, someone unable to read the air) was added to the national lexicon a few years ago, perhaps in response to the influx of international company executives who were singularly unable to do so. Reading the air means to read between the lines by listening intently for implicit messages Read More …

Careless talk costs time. Who’s in control?

Is the preference for texting over talking causing a decrease in interpersonal communication skills on the phone and face-to-face? What has happened to the art of conversation? A recent article by BBC Technology1 features the concerns of several experts who warn that we’re in danger of losing our finely honed ability to indulge in vocal Read More …

At first I thought it was my imagination. Then of course, I took it personally: ‘What did I do?’ Or conversely, ‘What didn’t I do?’ Had I been abandoned and relegated to the bottom of the friendship league? Next, I attempted to resuscitate the art of conversation by calling friends to indulge in that forgotten Read More …