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Why THEY don’t understand you

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2013 at 5:33 am

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You speak their language “perfectly” and yet THEY refuse to understand you.

By Antonio Graceffo

Why THEY don’t understand you when you speak their language “perfectly”: Apart from the fact that you don’t speak it perfectly, the other reason locals don’t understand you is, translating our own thoughts and ideas into foreign words may have zero meaning for a local. Sometimes, it’s because they wouldn’t express it that way. Sometimes, it’s because we have different experiences and observations about China (or whichever country you are in) than locals do. So, they have no frame of reference to anticipate what we are saying.

Here is an example of all of the right words, but wrong way of expressing it. What movie is this?: I love that American movie, where the world is exploding, so Marlon Brando puts his son in a machine of some kind and shoots him out into space.”

Of course, the movie is ————–, but you would be a liar if you said it didn’t take you a few seconds to figure that out. And you would be a double liar if you said that you ever heard a native speaker describe that movie in that way.

Unless you have thousands of meaningful contact hours with native speakers, you make these types of mistakes every day. And that is why THEY don’t understand you.

 

Antonio Graceffo is a lecturer at Shanghai University. He is a polyglot and conducts ongoing research on listening-based second language acquisition.

 

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on  http://www.blackbeltmag.com

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Fight Night Shanghai, April 2013

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

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This video has been edited because it was incredibly boring, one long clinch. Also, it’is not a professional fight. It was supposed to be a challenge between Fighters Unite Gym and another gym in Shanghai. But at the last minute, the other gym backed out. So, Fighters Unite just fought each other.

Antonio injured his leg a few days earlier and could neither move, kick, nor lift his opponent. But he wanted to fight, to shake off the rust.

For the Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, the fight was important because it was coming after nearly a year of layoff…baby steps toward getting back into the MMA ring. The opponent, AJ is an American Muay Thai and San Da fighter who trains full time at Shanghai University of Sport. He did a great job of neutralizing Antonio’s take down attempts and taking advantage of the large boxing gloves to trap Antonio’s hands and keep Antonio from punching from the mount or in the clinch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeAeBQqGarw

“The main reason I posted this was because Jordán Taliente always said, “Antonio doesn’t just look calm before a fight, he looks bored.” True story. Even after the bell rings, I look like a Hindu cow.” Antonio

 

 

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on  http://www.blackbeltmag.com

website

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Twitter

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