Blllrraghl

In acting classes, there are always those extremely odd sessions where the teacher tells everyone to start speaking gibberish. I have to say that apart from being one of the sillier exercises a person can endure, it is also extremely interesting. I know that it might sound strange to say that a bunch of people standing around and making noises that are reminiscent of two-year olds’ babble is interesting, but it is.

Let me try to explain my point. People communicate by tone of voice and facial expression as well as by speech. For instance, a person can say the word “sure” and mean a few different things. They might mean “sure, yeah, right” in a sarcastic way, they might mean “sure” as in “okay,” or they might mean “sure” as in “oh, alright…” The only way we can distinguish between the possibilities is by the tone of voice and the expression used, as well as the body language the person uses while he or she is speaking.

The exercise of speaking gibberish is fascinating, because people can actually enact whole scens of love, friendship, anger or betrayal by not using any real words at all, but rather by using body language, facial expressions and tone of voice to make their meaning come across. It’s a terriffic exercise, and even though it’s hard to let yourself go and make pointless sounds for an hour, there’s a catharsis in being able to throw away all dignity whatsoever in such a performance.

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3 thoughts on “Blllrraghl

  1. thelittleredwriter says:

    Funny! I was doing an exercise with some students yesterday with this exact thing and for this exact reason. Very, very true!

  2. The thought of how important tone and expression are scare me. I find it difficult often to read people. But here’s the funny thing…with some people who I have been communicating with for years I can read their emotions from their words. The way they type or how long it takes them to reply. Well, at least I think I can. I always find your posts interesting even if I don’t comment much. These recent weeks have been very hectic I think

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