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April 28, 2013



»         Communicate clearly
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The clarion call of the wood thrush belies its plain appearance that blends in with its surroundings. Amidst the brown leaves on the forest floor, this bird is invisible until it announces its presence. In a rich and complex song, the clear bell tones contrast with the thrush’s reclusive nature.

An example of one who speaks only when it has something to say and then does it with grace and clarity, the thrush’s emphasis is on communication. Not a flashy dresser, the drab brown bird instead offers us one of the most beautiful bird songs.

Interestingly, the wood thrush can sing two notes at once, which encourages us to listen with concentration. Similar to learning a new language, when sounds are unique and unfamiliar, we may struggle to catch subtle nuances. In trying to imitate, our tongues twist in unfamiliar shapes, we push air to different locations in our mouths, and we implement a variety of other modifications to produce sounds we never heard as youngsters. But success is worthwhile, if we can learn to communicate with others using their own words.

Have you ever struggled to replicate words in a language that isn’t yours? Or marveled at the facility of young children in learning new sounds?

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  1. I try very hard to speak my hubby’s native language. Hebrew. I find it difficult to make the guttural sounds.

    Good post.

    Hugs and chocolate,

    • At least Hebrew is phonetic, meaning you can read it because the letters and vowels are always pronounced the same way..even if you don’t know what you’re saying! Good luck with that.

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