Mastering Simultaneous Conversation

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Arabic is a difficult language to master. It is reportedly the second most difficult language for English speakers to learn, aside from Mandarin Chinese. As I continue to study Arabic, however, I believe the most difficult (and ultimate) mastery of the language will be the graceful art of simultaneous conversation.

I can not understand how two people having a conversation can talk over each other and produce anything constructive. I have a hard enough time trying to follow one person’s dialogue, let alone be forced to unscramble it from a simultaneous barrage of words spoken by a second (or third) party.

Perhaps it is a cultural thing, but there seems to be a bit of selfishness involved in this nuance. How hard is it to carry on a dialogue where one person speaks and, after that person finishes a complete thought, allows the other person to have a turn? If the way people drive in Jordan is indicative of the conversation etiquette, I'm in for a rough ride.


Blogger Firas said...

Actually it's because people don't want to have a debate.
It's just that no one is ready to accept's others views or opinions!

You can see this on talk shows, "Watch Al Jazeera"
It's basically that each party have no interest in listening to others but rather force their opinion on others by all means!

So when you are having a debate with someone, and you don't like what you are hearing, you start shouting in return so you will eventually block his/her voice (it's more like : La La La La la I'm not listening! La la la la)

So try it, and you'll master it in no time

5/14/2006 11:58 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Firas, I'll be sure to take your advice. La la la la.

5/15/2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Amino said...

It takes time to get used to it :) People here tend to forget listening to the other party, they just wanna dump whatever is one their mind. It bugs me sometimes, although I am Jordanian, but I am used to the old fashioned "I talk, you listen" kind of convo!

5/19/2006 11:31 AM  

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