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I met with a friend who is a psychology student to interview him about dialogue in his work and research. He’s particularly interested in the lack of dialogue and oppression of individuals, particularly women, in British culture. I’ll write up the interview as a separate blog post but there were also some interesting dialogue with the cafe staff about what the phrase in the coffee saucer translated as. I was going to google the translation and my friend asked the server. The server didn’t know so asked his boss who told him to tell us it meant “enjoy your coffee”. The whole sequence of dialogue then led onto a conversation about where everyone was from, native and second languages and the social role of drinks and cafe culture. This exemplified one of the points my friend made earlier about the over-reliance on technology to ‘connect us’ making us further away from human connection and dialogue than ever before.

Enjoy your coffee.