Courtesy Is A Universal Language: Manners Are The Same No Matter Where You’re From

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Courtesy Is A Universal Language - Dre BaldwinExcuse me.

Please.

Thank you.

No matter what language you speak, there are simple, non-verbal ways to communicate these statements.

I was in a gym locker room one day when this old Scrooge-looking guy, wearing nothing but a bath towel, brushed into me and bumped me while we were both at our lockers in an otherwise sparsely populated locker room. I remarked to the man about his lack of courtesy and immediately noticed that he didn’t speak any English. But he didn’t need it! He could have easily expressed in some way that he didn’t mean it, I apologize, etc., which he surely had the ability to do. He chose to be a jerk about it and I had to deliver a message to him that did cross the language barrier.

I’ve been to many countries around the world, and was only able to communicate (barely, on a great day) on a conversational-level in Español. Everywhere else, I was relying on body language and gestures to express myself.

Basketball has a universal language: setting a screen, being fouled, calling-out picks and “shoot/pass the ball!” all can be expressed through body language. Just like those expressions of common courtesy.

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