Chatting with strangers and foreigners can turn out to be a life changing experience. Why so? Because by talking to people with differing life views, backgrounds, and cultural values, you may find a new way to look at the world and what is going on in it. Moreover, apart from spiritual and intellectual enrichment, such communication may also advance your speaking skills in the language of the communication with a foreigner.
Given the mentioned benefits, one may inquire on how to really get the utmost of the time with a foreigner in the video chat, how to make a conversation run smoothly and captivating for both sides. To answer these questions, we will look at some of the basic and simple communication rules capable of taking the heat out of the conversation and give it a good start.
Basics of Communication Online: What and How to Say
One of the basic things to consciously comprehend is that a foreigner is just a person who speaks another language. That is it. There is no smallest reason to be scared of talking to him or her, and moreover to chat online which is a quite fun way to find new foreign friends. Even though it is impossible to give detailed tips on communication with representatives of different cultures and ethnicities, in this article we will try to give you the basic though effective ones.
The ten simple communication rules for chats with foreigners include:
- trying not to be extremely straightforward;
- admitting if things do not go well;
- trying to speak a language of a companion;
- learning about different cultures in advance;
- behaving in a way polite;
- keeping your language simple;
- being patient;
- avoiding slang;
- using body language;
- showing empathy.
Now, let us discuss some of these rules in detail. As regards body language, pictures do speak louder than words. During a video chat remember to smile where appropriate. Make eye contact with the person you are speaking to or with members of your audience. Research cultural and gender norms for eye contact in advance not to commit anything what may offend your foreign companion in the conversation.
When you communicate, keep in mind that even though English is considered the international language of business, it is a mistake to assume that every person speaks good English. In fact, only about half of the 800 million people who speak English learned it as a first language. And, those who speak it as a second language are often more limited than native speakers. When you communicate cross-culturally, make particular efforts to keeping your communication clear, simple and unambiguous.
All in all, communication with foreigners gives lots of benefits to one’s personal development and should not be hampered by fears or personal inconfidence. Level of your language as well as cultural awareness also do not matter that much. Contrary, talking to strangers from various countries online may significantly facilitate your communication skills and upgrade language skills.