Your face is the mirror of your soul, as it can show how fed up you are even when you’re trying to stay focus on a task or behave well in front of the boring neighbours.
Of course, the fact that we are so expressive is something that cuts both ways. We cannot hide when we want to, but we can also read other people’s minds.
Second language context
Even if you don’t know anything about chinese, I bet you a fiver you can easily know whether a chinese guy talking to you in plain chinese is either asking for some help or threatening you.
Because if the face expresses, imagine the voice tone. Even newborns can decode the information of somebody’s intention, especially when that person is caught unaware.
The reason we can recognise intention is the same why we can imitate one. Once you’ve identified something, you can try to get it. Imitation is the basic learning skill.
It is weird, but human lies exist because of this. We are the only animals capable of telling lies, well maybe dolphins… and even though many animals can make tricky things to confuse other creatures, none can deliberately tell something knowing it is not true.
We all share the features above, and not many of us use them when learning a second language. These abilities exist and we use them on daily basis, but we don’t normally apply them to our study.
The reason for this, I think it is that we feel disconnected when studying a second language. Language and culture are one same thing, and we cannot disconnect one from another.
If we do, we are then doing it wrong, as we are trying to learn a language by memory, not by letting it grow inside our minds.
Apply what you read here
This blog’s content is to be applied, and I can assure you any student will improve drastically by doing it.
When listening, do not focus on the sounds only, but on the intention and expressions. Use all human comunicating systems.
Imitate as much as you can, it is right just to be a copycat at first, you’ll have the time to create your own personality in a second language in the future.
Get in touch with the culture, as a language is not just a language, it is much more.