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The Fluent Show

100 EpisodesProduced by Kerstin CableWebsite

Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!I'm Kerstin from Fluent Language, and together with my co-host Lindsay from Lindsay does Languages, I'm on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages betwe… read more

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Professor Emoji 👩🏼‍🏫 Stops by to Explain How We Use Language Online 😍 (with Dr Monica Riordan)

You can't see their faces, you can't see their hands, you can't hear their voices. But somehow, you still know how people are feeling when they communicate with you online. How does that work? 🤔

In this episode, I'm speaking to Dr Monica Riordan. She's an emoji expert and researcher who designs and conducts studies into how people express their feelings online.

Here's the tweet I mentioned in the episode. How would you read it?

a dog person!?!? (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ https://t.co/HoyMRqWoq1

— Christian Cable (@christiancable) July 11, 2019

Insights:

  • We impose our own meaning on what other people write and imagine what they would look and sound like if they said this.
  • When your friends and language partners type in casual language that's difficult to understand...it's because you're doing well!
  • Emoji are limited in what they can express and insufficient for the full range of human emotions
  • Emoji are also used as self-expression, rather than a means of communicating the message
  • Emoji is not an international language: it can transcend linguistic differences but it can't do the same for cultural and social differences

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Special Guest: Monica Riordan.

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