Most people think of human communication in terms of conversations and things we say to one another. For instance, greeting someone in the morning, saying thank you, or asking directions. These common uses of verbal communication, communication that uses words, occurs throughout our regular daily routine. Many experts agree that nearly 2/23 of our communication is accomplished using the spoken word. Remember, that this estimation would also include the use of written words as well. Thin about how many time s a day that you read directional signs that say, up, down, enter, exit, etc.
We also use nonverbal communication throughout our day, which is communication that uses eye expressions or facial expressions, and sometimes body movement to send or relay a message to others. These two types of communication occur in every culture, even if the types of message and the way it is displayed differs in form and meaning.
Interestingly in Japan, nonverbal communication is also displayed with during a meal. For example, the way drinks are poured, the way your chopsticks are used, and the quantity of food you consume, all carry very distinct meanings. Use the following chart when eating with others in Japan to “communicate” proper dining etiquette and maybe you will be asked to share another meal!