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Monster Talk

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Pairs

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Game

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Benefits:

Non-verbal communication

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Eye contact

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Listening with your body

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Focus

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Give and take

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Concentration

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Trust

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Teamwork

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Listening

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Description:
This game is vocal version of the mirror game. Two people sit facing each other. One is the "real" person the other is the vocal mirror. The real person begins by speaking very slowly. Not slowly in between words but slowly during the word. E-a-c-h w-o-r-d i-s s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d o-u-t. By doing this the other person (the vocal reflection) can discover during the word what word they should be saying simultaneously. The sounds people make as they are not quite sure of what they are saying gives this game it's name. As pairs get used to each other they can pick up the pace. It is possible to come close to normal conversation speeds.

Tips:
-Don't describe the vocal mirror as an echo of the real person. This gives the wrong impression. The mirrior should be as close to simultaneous speech with the "real" person as they can. -Encourage eye contact. It makes it easier. -The "real" person should speak like a slowed down recording with elongated consonates and vowels.

Discussion:
-What did it feel like to have another person determining what you were saying? -How much non-verbal communication occured? -When did it become easier?

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