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International body-language

In intercultural encounters where two people don't speak the same language, usually they try to communicate with body-language. Normally it works, but there can be problems in understanding. I think that body-language and hand signs could be made as an own language.

In intercultural encounters where two people don't speak the same language, usually they try to communicate with body-language. Normally it works, but there can be prblems in understanding. I think that body-language and hand signs could be made as an own language.
Many people are worried about disappearance of languages, when the world becomes more global. When people need to encounter with each others, but don't share the same language they will need some way to communicate. For those people who only need to communicate with foreign people for a short time, like on a holiday, they don't propably want to learn a new language for that. Same thing goes with the service employees who have a lot of intercultural encounters in their work. Thay can't possibly learn every languages that they will need, so the internationalized body-language would be a solution for that too.

Modified 2011-02-01 18:19:54

Your idea/solution in one sentence: Generalized body-language, used in intercultural encounters.

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(01 Feb 2011)
You're suggesting that people learn body language but isn't that still a new language? Your idea of body language is good but how far where you thinking of taking it? In what kind of situations do we use it? In hotels? In restaurants? The body language will be pretty complex with all the elements. There has been some talk about technology and translators in other ideas: http://www.massidea.org/en/view/1728. Maybe you should think of combining your thoughts because sign language and body language sound similar and could be solved using the same methods.