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    #1

    would return speaking

    1. At first, I thought "return" could mean "respond to his friends", but typing, I realized it's just "come back to one's hometown", what do you think?
    2. This second line is hard to understand but my understanding is "even if you are superior to others for such abilities as speaking many foreign languages or inferior to others having less such qualities, the bond that makes everyone connected is your native language. If you don't share basic things in common with others, you won't be accepted by others." - Just an example. What do you think?

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    ex)When I was a boy,my friends in the south of the Netherlands always ridiculed me when I came home from vacations in the north, where I played with boys from Amsterdam. They told me that I talked funny. Unconsciously, I would return speaking a poor imitation of the harsh northern accent. The way our bodies- including voice, mood, posture, and so on- are influenced by surrounding bodies is one of the mysteries of human existence, but one that provides the glue that holds entire societies together. It is also one of the most underestimated phenomena, especially in disciplines that view humans as rational decision makers. Instead of each individual independently weighing the pros and cons of her own actions, we occupy nodes within a tight network that connects all of us in both body and mind.
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    Re: would return speaking

    'Return' there just means 'come/go home'. But I'm not sure what your 2 means by 'the second line'. It's not just about language; it's about fitting in. Superiority of any kind doesn't come into it.

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    #3

    Re: would return speaking

    If someone could take an example for the second line, it would be highly appreciated!

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    Re: would return speaking

    It has nothing to do with superiority for me either- it's about being part of groups- we don't sit around alone thinking purely about our actions, but are part of networks that are highly interconnected.

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