HOW CAN WE HAVE SMOOTH CONVERSATIONS IN OUR ONLINE UNIBRIDGE PROJECT LANGUAGE EXCHANGES?
By Toyosi Adekunle
It is important to know as we try to help one another learn the Indonesian and English that cultural differences in matters of turn taking can lead to conversational breakdown or misinterpretation of intentions as well as communication difficulties and miscommunication. Therefore, firstly, we should try to establish a particular discourse. This will help each language learner to infer what the other person is talking about based on the established discourse in case of a miscommunication.
Secondly, it will help if we take a turn in our conversation and know when or if to talk when another person is talking so as not to cause a confusion which usually occur among new language learners. The level of interrupting people while speaking varies among languages and cultures.
Also, help one another to learn and speak the language better by teaching and doing so with patience and understanding.
Learning a new language can be fun if we don’t take offense at the way words are being pronounced or sentences are being formed by a new language learner, instead, laugh over it and help one another learn effectively.
Notes: Once a topic is chosen, and a conversation is initiated, then matters of conversational ‘TURN TAKING’ arise. Conversation is the spoken exchange of observation, ideas, feelings or opinions. Turn Taking is a term used in ‘CONVERSATIONAL ANALYSIS’ as meaning a manner in which an orderly conversation should occur/take place. Conversational Analysis is the study of the talk produced in human interactions.