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A Great Communicator

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Coming from a country that uses English as a medium of communication at school and other public entities, I became bilingual. I heard and spoke Tagalog first and soon learned English as I started school. Our textbooks were from the US, but our teachers were Filipinos. From there was a disconnect being able to read words phonetically and understanding the texts as they were not based on the contexts that I am familiar with. Therefore, much of what I was learning was just rote. My understanding was further developed as I watched American shows on TV. Thus, I developed the confidence to read English texts better than speak it. I was too scared to make grammatical errors that I was not able to express my train of thoughts fluidly. Since then, I aimed to improve my oral communication skills.

Knowing many people who have reached far and wide outside their domains were people  who spoke different languages. Gandhi, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nelson Mandela were able to influence many not because of their flawless English, but what they communicate and the way they communicate.

One person that I admire so much and has influenced my thinking is Thich Naht Hanh. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who worked hard in 10.03_34_TNH_MindfulnessHappiness_featurereconciling North and South Vietnam during the war. He later went on exile to France. He is now a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist. Thich Naht Hanh has published several books on peace, happiness, and mindfulness. His writings are not based solely on the principles of Buddhism. He has embraced different perspectives and have presented them in ways that they can embrace each other. During his public appearances, a sea of crowd would always gather from near and far to hear what he would have to say. He conveys messages that appeases and calms a troubled mind.

Learning from him, I see the importance of the message that one wants topresence-440262_1280 convey and how the message can be addressed so that people would listen and absorb such a message. It is not being able to deliver an impeccable and grammatically perfect English message that I used to think. It is making people want to listen and interact with you because they make connections with what you say/write.

One of my favourite quotes of Thich Nhat Hanh is,

“Look at flowers, butterflies, trees, and children with the eyes of compassion. Compassion will change your life and make it wonderful.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh
Reference:
Plum Village. (2016). Retrieved from http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/.

 

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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

2 thoughts on “A Great Communicator

  1. Hi Pam! Great post, I love how you admire the people who made big contributions in the world and I think that is excellent! People who speak different language may be hard to understand at times but their messages were all the same where they wanted to create peace all over the world. I am glad that you made this post!

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  2. Pam, I enjoyed reading your post. It seem that when it comes to learning a second language, gaining the confidence to engage in conversation is key! I have never had the experience of immersing myself in a different culture/language, but I can imagine it would be stressful to worry about saying the wrong thing.

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