Impact of words: vocabulary
After many years, though not fluent, I am able to make myself understood in Italian. Yet I have come to appreciate those split seconds taken to grasp the right word before uttering them. Words are selected for a purpose or impact, rather than just rattled off as I might do so in English.
Impact of words: comprehension
Whether it’s natural curiosity or because I have needed to concentrate greatly to understand spoken Italian, today I tend to pay careful attention to the words of others, be they in English or in Italian.
Listening to a ‘foreign’ language is also great coaching practice as I get to develop my ear for the choice of words used by people, as well as for their pauses and hesitations.
Yes, at times words might take on more importance than the speaker intended, but that could be me misunderstanding them.
Closing this reflection on the impact of words, let me just quote the words attributed to the Greek tragic playwright Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life, that word is love.”
Thanks for reading this today. If you would like to offer your input on the issue of words and how they impact on you, please feel free to leave a comment below.