Learn about speaking and listening

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This article is written to teachers, to help them to encourage students to have good conversations.  I think that there are a lot of good tips for students, to help you to understand more about the art of North American conversation.  In my academic class, we recently talked about the large cultural differences in conversational styles.  In cultures like Japanese cultures, all speakers take turns, based on age and rank, and there isn’t the back and forth style that is common in North America.  In some cultures, it’s disrespectful to make eye contact with someone who is older or who has a higher rank, whereas here, it’s seen as a sign of boredom, disrespect, or dishonesty, when speakers and listeners don’t look at each other.

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