We’ve had a lot of full days with mostly classes and a few field trips, etc. One of the interesting things we’ve learned about is what they call the “12 Signal Systems” which is basically 12 languages that every culture uses to communicate. Of course, one is verbal, but there is also written, numeric, tactile, spacial, temporal, taste/smell, kinesics and more. Every culture uses all kinds of ways to communicate but most folks only really think about a couple of them. That’s okay when you are in a culture you are familiar with, but once you get to a different one those unconscious “Signal Systems” can get you in big trouble! Even simple signals like a thumbs up can mean something very different in another culture. We’ve got some learning to do when we get to Ireland!