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Using Body Language and Tone of Voice to Communicate Better in English


– Hey everyone. I’m Teela with Deep English. I’m so excited for another
lesson together today. Today, we’ll be learning
how to communicate in English with the help of body language and tone of voice. So often we think that the words we say are the only important
part of the message, but that’s just not true. Our body language and our tone of voice are also so important. So, we’ll learn a little
bit more about that today. But before we go any further, I want to remind you to
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all of the latest videos right when they come out. Take a second to subscribe. Okay. So, let’s talk more about why body language and tone
of voice is so important. So, think about the last time
that you watched a movie. Even if you were to turn
the volume all the way down and not hear any of what
the people are saying, you would still probably figure out what kind of relationship the main characters had with each other, and that’s because of their body language, the way that human beings
speak with their bodies. So, so much of what we say is non-verbal. And that’s why when we’re
learning a new language, it’s so important that we don’t forget about the other ways that human beings communicate with each other, through body language and tone
of voice, facial expression. So, today, I have three
points to share with you about body language and tone of voice and how they’re important
when we’re speaking English. So, the first thing I’d like
to share is a personal story. When I was learning Spanish, I was living in South America. One day, I woke up and one side of my face was completely paralyzed, so I couldn’t move one side of my face. This is a condition called Bell’s palsy, and it was really scary. But what I found was that
when I tried to communicate with other people in Spanish, it was so difficult because even though my
words were mostly correct, my facial expressions
weren’t able to communicate what I was saying. So, it was difficult for
other people to understand me. You can imagine if I
were to say hey everyone, it’s really nice to be here. You would think, “Oh,
she’s happy to be here.” But if I were to say hey everyone, it’s really nice to be here, you might be confused. You might think to yourself, “Oh well, her words are saying one thing, “but her tone of voice and body language “and facial expressions
are saying something else.” And so, it’s really important that as we speak this other language
that we are aware of what we’re doing with our
face and our bodies as well. So, the second thing I’d like to share. This is just about the
science of communicating. So, most communication experts agree that our words make up only 10% or less of the message that the listener receives. So, that means that when
you’re talking with someone, that person is understanding you based only at 10% on
the words you’re saying. But mostly, what they’re understanding is what you are sharing
with your body language and your tone of voice. So, even science says that body language and tone of voice is so
important in communication. So, let’s move onto the third point. So, how can we master tone
of voice and body language when we are speaking English? Well, the first thing that we can do is just simply become aware of how important our body language is. For so many people who are
speaking a new language, it’s so difficult not to feel stressed out while you’re speaking, because you wanna speak perfectly. You want to be able to
communicate in a way that the other person really understands. So, you get stressed out, but then what happens
to your body language? You shut down, you maybe looked frightened, or you at least seemed very stress. So, the person you’re communicating with might be hearing the words you’re saying, but they’re also understanding what you’re saying with your body. And so, if you’re speaking perfectly but your body is looking
all afraid and stressed out, that’s the message you’re
going to be giving, and it will be harder for people to understand what you’re saying. So, it’s really important
that you, number one, relax. Realize that fluency does
not mean being perfect, and that the more relaxed you are, the more your body will come online and support you in sharing your message with the person that you’re talking to. So, just relax. The second really cool
thing that you can do is you can mirror the person
that you’re speaking to. So, if you’re talking to
someone else in English, and they’re gesturing really wildly, and they seemed really excited, you can tune into that, and you can use those gestures yourself. So, you can, “Okay, this
person is really excited. “I’m excited, too,” but maybe you’re feeling also a little bit stressed
about what you’re saying. You can tune into the
way they’re gesturing, you can use this to kind
of get on the same page as them as you communicate. So, you can simply
mirror the other person. If they’re gesturing big, this is something that you can also do. But we don’t wanna be ridiculous about it. If the other person is doing this and you do it at the same time, it will seem as if you’re just mimicking them or copying them, and that could get a little creepy. So, we wanna make sure that we’re noticing how the other person is
gesturing or speaking, and we’re doing something similar but not exactly the same. Okay, and then the third
thing that you can do. You can ask yourself, how would I express the same sentence or the same message if I were
speaking in my own language? Just kind of imagine how
your tone of voice would be, the way that you might be
moving your hands or your arms, and practicing bringing that all together. Because at first, it can
be a lot to think about. You’re using new words and
new sentence structures, and now all of a sudden you
have to remember to gesture and your tone of voice,
but you can practice. Okay, think about like, “How am I usually when I greet
someone in my own language? “How is my face? “How is my tone of voice?” And then you can imagine yourself also doing that in English. And so, in this way, you can
kinda bring it all together, and you can communicate
not only with your words, but also with your body
language and your tone of voice. Of course, different
cultures have different norms as far as how we greet each other or even how close we stand to each other. And so, that’s something else entirely. Maybe one day I’ll make
an entire video about the cultural norms in the US for example, or even in different parts of the US. That would be really interesting. But for now, I think it’s enough just to become aware of the fact
that your body language and your tone of voice
can really support you in communicating your message when you’re talking in English to someone. Okay, thank you guys so much for tuning in to today’s lesson. As always, I had a ton of
fun teaching today’s lesson, and I am really looking forward to our next lesson together. If you’d like some free English lessons or a free English course, feel free to click below
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