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Say Less, Love

Reticence to express emotions verbally has long been observed in Chinese culture, but quantitative comparisons with Western cultures are few. Explanations for emotional reticence have typically focused on the need in collectivist culture to promote group harmony, but this explanation is most applicable to negative emotions such as anger, not positive expressions such as Wo ai ni [I love you]. A survey on verbal usage of Wo ai ni was administered to university students in Beijing and Shanghai, and compared to uses of I love you by American students in the United States. Chinese respondents were not only overall more reticent than Americans in their love expressions, but differed from Americans in avoiding I love you expressions with family (especially parents). Interviews revealed that Chinese and American students, the two groups endorsed different reasons for saying Wo ai ni/I love you. The reasons Americans provided most often related to the inherent importance of saying I love you, while this was the least frequently mentioned reason by Chinese. Bicultural Chinese interviewees observed that one could perform nonverbal actions or even say English I love you as substitutions for saying Wo ai ni. Chinese survey respondents did not endorse these options, and instead consistently minimized both verbal and nonverbal love expressions. The pattern of responses is consistent with theoretical proposals about high vs. low context cultures, especially with regards to the usefulness of saying I love you for relationship management purposes, and for asserting (or avoiding) statements of one's individual autonomy.

Say Less, Love

Each charm comes with a written card - a poem, a wish, a direction - imbuing each figure with an purpose. These sculptures can live in your pocket, on a bedside, or on your mantle - keeping you company as you live, laugh, love, dance like no ones watching, grieve, and fight.

Not everyone enjoys conversing with others, so some people consider a few sentences too much. Others who love a good story might happily listen to anything you want to share. Sometimes, people might say you talk too much simply because they dislike what you have to say.

One reason to retain the conduit metaphor (and the narrow definition of meaning) is if the conduit metaphor is the only way we have of understanding how symbols convey information. But other conceptions are present in the research literature and in everyday use. Reddy's (1979) description of how language actually works to provide meaning is called the toolmaker paradigm. Words and phrases are not containers of meaning, but clues that hearers' use to infer speakers' communicative intent. On this view, Je t'aime doesn't deliver the same emotional punch to the classroom French learner as I love you, because the phrase isn't a container for the feeling expressed by I love you. It's a tool speakers use to guide hearers to an interpretation. In the case of foreign language learners, L2 phrases are imperfect tools for activating the meanings that would automatically be elicited by the same phrase in a native language.

Lastly, you reserve your words out of respect for the other person. If you do all the talking, you are the center of attention. It is condescending conversation when the other individual does not feel important enough to speak up. So honor others by speaking less, listening more intently to how you can love them. Wisdom can be found in the words of each person you meet. Therefore, intentionally talk less and be wise.

The Five Love Languages is a registered trademark of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, which has no affiliation with this site. You can find more information about the five love languages here.

I love this synthesis of the #g2great chat. At times, I have felt like a thief in the night as far as read-aloud is concerned. The chapter of the book on read-aloud has provided me with reasons that I can use to articulate the power and necessity of read-aloud. Read-aloud is a thinking experience and there is no reading without thinking.

I love your description of read-aloud as a THINKING EXPERIENCE Lisa. As long as we can continue to be vocal in both our discussions and practices and demonstrate what it looks like as a thoughtful and pleasurable thinking practice, I suspect those days of feeling like a thief in the read-aloud night would be in our past.

Are you afraid of loneliness? Being silent is difficult because it makes you feel alone. You might be used to being surrounded by noise or other people.You have been taught to fear not having a family that supports you, people who love you, or friends who want to be with you.

I love the message of this book. In my interactions, I am constantly asking for headlines and bottom lines. Or I am famous for flipping to the last page of the PowerPoint to see where it all ends. Why is brevity more important today than ever before?

By the time of that survey, many of the most famous negative articles about them had already been published, from a story linking Meghan's love of avocados to climate change to a Daily Mail article suggesting the duchess was "(Almost) Straight Outta Compton."

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I found that by trying to do less, I actually achieved more in all the important ways. I was more creative, I was more productive, and I was able to sustain my energy throughout the week instead of constantly going through peaks and crashes.

By saying less, these days I find that my relationships are more harmonious, and greater peace and ease have found their way into my interactions. It also reminded me that there are many ways we say so much when we say nothing. When we let ourselves just hold space, just be, or spend time listening, we are communicating in powerful ways.

I encourage you to deeply reflect on how less might actually be more in your life and then take small daily actions to align to that reality. Take small daily actions to remove things, to do less, to be less, to try less, and thereby create more flow and ease and less stress.

Video is globally loved. Four times as many people would rather watch a video about a product than read about it. According to one survey conducted by Marketing Land, 71% of respondents declared that video conversion rates outperform any other marketing content. Visual marketing is heading increasingly toward video, with one projection forecasting that by 2019, 80% of Internet traffic will be video traffic. Visual food for thought.

Family and friendships are an important part of every culture. In English, there are many different ways to express your feelings of love and appreciation to your friends and family. Here are some of them:

So, breaking the ice with a cute and funny way to say I love you in English might just be the right solution! Here are a few expressions that you might find helpful (they sound really cute in a text message, too):

The expression of love is wonderfully diverse, and whether you're a native English speaker or not, many of us have so much choice in finding the right words when we want to express our feelings beyond the classic three words.

We hope that this extensive list of different ways to say I love you in English will help you find the right words to express your feelings for the one you love and cherish. 041b061a72


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