Words of Love? Book to Help Men and Women Overcome Their Language Barriers

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Words of Love? Book to Help Men and Women Overcome Their Language Barriers


Byline: Craig McQueen

EVER had the feeling that men and women speak different languages?

The good news is you're not alone. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship will know that making yourself understood with your other half isn't always easy.

Thankfully, help is now at hand with a new book which reveals some of the differences in how men and women communicate.

Himglish & Femalese takes a humorous look at the minefield of relationships, and offers some helpful advice to those struggling to get their point across.

Here's a look at some of the tips.

COMMUNICATION

Various studies have found the average man utters a staggering 65 per cent fewer words than the average woman each day.

With this kind of strict limitation, it makes sense that men employ more direct forms of speech than their female counterparts.

You don't want to mess around with superfluous adjectives and fancy metaphors with such a tiny supply of words.

Women, on the other hand, have utterances to spare, and so can splosh their word-wealth about like a celebrity heiress doling out pink champagne.

DATING

Figuring out how to operate on a date is a challenge, and many men would benefit from knowing that even if your date earns more money than you, asked you out or kissed you first, they would still prefer you to take the lead on a first date.

This isn't because women are retrograde anti-feminists. It's because nobody likes to be in charge on a first date. The same is true of men, as first dates are scary.

THE OFFICE

Despite so many of us pursuing office-based romances, the consequences of being discovered remain quite serious, and those consequences are often weighted against the female.

The woman who engages in an office romance and gets caught will most often gain a reputation for being unprofessional.

In contrast, the status of the man she was found on the photocopier with will not be negatively affected.

He'll often be on the receiving-end of some congratulatory backslapping, since sexual doublestandards are not left at the office threshold. …

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