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Effective communication

I understand that effective communication goes hand in hand with Language Style Matching. My question is Language Style Matching so important? I understand why it might be important in choosing a compatible mate but why else?

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In order to communicate effectively, you have to be able to understand what a person understands.  Essentially, most people who speak the same language can understand each other.  However, to be really understood you have to match a person's style.

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Language style often reflects culture, family,  socio-economic background,  education, and geographic region. When there is a language style match, our communication with others is more comfortable, whether it be in personal life, school, business, or even politics, because we are "speaking the same language."  We all have a tendency, for better or worse, to want to be with people who are like us, and language style is a good indicator of that likeness. 

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Speaking another person's language, dialectically, seems to have the potential for helping to eliminate misunderstandings. Translation often leads to misunderstanding or incomplete understanding. This may be just as true translating from one language style to another as it is from one language to another.

Maybe one answer then is a simple as that - eliminating misunderstandings. 

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