Navigating the Communication Maze

by Anne Ladouceur, 06/06/2007




"I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig
to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is beusaeaethe huanb mnid deos not raed ervey iteter by istlef, but the wrod as awlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt"

And yes, of course it is. But on occasion, we can make ourselves understand and understand others even when the spelling and wording is not what we expect to see.

There are times in Korea when what we see will appear initially to be incomprehensible, not as bad as the text above, but still....Because pulling out your hair in frustration, take a second (or 2 or 10 or 20), and then just go with it. You just might find that you've managed to figure it out and that all is not 'lost in translation'.

Good luck and enjoy!

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