Speaking and listening share a very close relationship of communication. They really couldn't exist without the other. If you think about when you are a little kid growing up, you repeat things that you hear from the people around you. Without listening to them, you couldn't speak. Not to contradict what I said earlier, but I do understand where Alison is coming from when she used the example people hearing the things around us and not reacting to them. In Melinda's case, she couldn't find the words to speak so essentially no one could listen to what she was trying to say.
12klemmj Aug 6, 2009
Kelsey responded in a very clear way. I agree that you cannot have one without the other. Like Kelsey said, when you are younger and learning to talk, you listen to what other people say. If no one were to listen when they were younger, than nobody would know how to talk. Joey also brought up a great point. He mentioned body language. Although you do not need to listen with your ears to read body language, you still need to focus on what the other person is trying to say. Listening is basically trying to focus on what another person is trying to get out to others whether it is with your eyes, or your ears.
12prattr Aug 6, 2009
Speaking and listening go together like best and friend. The reason this is the analogy that I chose is because best friends listen when their best friend is speaking. Although, speaking does not require listening, and listening does not require speaking. Many times when I am talking to someone in my family they tune me out, ignore me. It is in times such as this when speaking does not demand listening. Speaking does not always need listening because often times the words being said are little more than idle chatter. For and example, Melinda says on page 86, "By the time we eat dinner, the Battle is roaring at full pitch. Grades, blah blah blah, Attitude, blah blah blah, Help around the house, blah blah blah, Not a kid anymore, blah blah...
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