Last week I had the best conversation ever. Coming back home from my German classes I traveled for few subway stations with one of my colleagues. We didn’t have any common language other than the beginner level of German.
But the will to communicate went beyond the little vocabulary we had at our disposal. Smiles and gestures made stories flow. I still smile remembering her sweet complain: “Ich, babuschka …ohh… nein… ich, Oma… Deutsch lerne heute”.
The whole class is like a laboratory where communication is reinvented. A candy or a photo becomes a more meaningful exchange than the most beautiful words.
Yes, communication is beyond language.
And I wonder… why are we still using it?