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"Communicating" is mainly exchanging, and making oneself understood. Understanding is the ultimate objective in life, in a family, at work, between friends, between communities and in society. People can only understand each other if they make real efforts to interact and speak. True communication leads to harmony, and ultimately to good understanding and real happiness. That says it all.
I) UNDERSTANDING one another...
To grasp... It makes sense! // It doesn't make sense!
|To make oneself understood||It makes sense!|
|To realise that||To grasp sth|
|To follow||To gather that|
|Evident/ obvious||Evidently/ obviously|
Obvious To make oneself understood
EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS:
- That is beyond all understanding.
- To manage to understand/ to make sense of sth.
- To be within/ beyond grasp.
- I don't see the point of it.
- So I gather!
- It suddenly dawned on me that!
II) LACK OF COMMUNICATION: MISUNDERSTANDINGS...
To make a mistake
To be mistaken
|Mistakenly||I'm quite lost!|
|Incoherent/ incoherence||Enigmatic/ an enigma|
unfathomable To miss the point
EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS:
- To fail to understand.
- To miss the point of sth/ to misunderstand sth.
- To have a mistaken idea of.
- It's not consistent!
- I can't make heads or tails of this.
- I haven't the slightest idea!
- I'm all at sea!
We shouldn't let chance and improvisation guide our communication, which should be precise.
Here's a way to test your knowledge, to use "the right words" in order to avoid misunderstandings.
I'm sure you'll pass the test with "Flying colours"... Thanks a lot for working with me...
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