Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to descripe illness and human feeling - English communication

COMMUNICATION FOR ALL

PURPOSES AND SEASONS

Ever since man started living in groups, he has felt the need to
communicate.

Communication might have begun with gestures. It might have
found expression when gestures expanded into pictorial depiction on
rocks and in caves. It might have become more meaningfu1 when man
trans formed his gestures and pictures into sounds. But without doubt,
communication transcended itself into a vital force of compulsive
necessity when man began to create, capture and harness a rich
vocabulary seasoned with modulations of voice and tone.

Today communication is not just, “saying the right things to the
right people at the right time at the right place in the right manner”, but
also saying it well enough so as to create the right response.
Communication depends on two factors for effective response.
One is the art of narration, while the other is the art of description -
narration is in itself a description of sequential events.

Description enhances the clarity of expression and keeps the
listener / reader moving with the speaker / writer in thoughts and feelings.
For example, when you say, “This is a bag,” you convey only an outline
of an object with no clarity in the image and no motivation for response.
But when you say: “This is a large red cloth bag with white polka
dotted print”, you have, through the description of the object, made the
image bright and distinctively clear and kindled a comprehensible
emotional or reasoning response.

Here are a few more examples of the power of description:
e.g. 1: “This is a man.”

“This is a tall, well-built, fair-complexioned man with straight
dark hair, bushy eyebrows., handle bar moustache and a clean - shaven
chin. (description of an appearance)

e.g. 2: “Mother Teresa was a nun”.
Mother Teresa, a nun from the order of ‘The Sisters of Charity’,
was kind and caring of the sick and dying, generous and loving to all and
with a heart of gold for the poor and needy. (description of human feelings)

e.g. 3: “Gopal is unwell”.
Gopal has high fever with severe cold, cough and head-ache
which shows all symptoms of an attack of’ flu’- (description of illness)

e.g. 4: “Meera was dressed up for a wedding”.
Meera was dressed in a rich brown silk brocade saree with a
broad zari border and a heavy zari embroidered pallu of dancing
peacocks and drooping flowers, She wore a matching blouse and a
pair of zari lined sandals. (description of clothes)

The above sentences are examples the appropriate use of
vocabulary for description in effective communication.

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