18. Use your inside voice!
Okay, so it’s all right to tell children to use their “inside voice.” But to use this line on an adult? It’s just ever so slightly patronizing. Come to think of it, it’s completely offensive! This is most definitely not the way to ask an adult to lower their voice. If you can ask politely and give a reason, you’ll definitely get a better result – or our good intentions if nothing else.
17. We laugh loudly too
Yes, our talking voice is loud, but it’s nothing compared with our laughter. We love to laugh and we laugh loud – so what if it can be heard in Peru? Laughter can be contagious, which can’t be a bad thing (as long as it’s not maniacal). Laughter is the sound of happiness and should be embraced by all. Although in Japanese culture, it’s polite to cover your mouth while doing so if you’re a woman.
16. People often think we’re angry
We’re not mad at you, okay? We know shouting is often associated with anger and negativity, but our shouting is basically just the way we communicate. We can’t help it – it’s normal to us. Just take a minute to listen to what we’re actually saying rather than focusing on the volume. Then you’ll know that we’re not completely mad at you, we’re just having a friendly chat.